St. Pius V students enjoy weekly Spanish lessons beginning in Kindergarten. The overall purposes and objectives of the Spanish program are to provide a base in language skills and cultural knowledge that will empower students with a more global outlook and awareness. Students develop an appreciation and understanding of other people’s cultures and points of view and apply what they have learned to everyday situations. By the time students graduate, it is expected that skills in interpreting and understanding the written and spoken language are strengthened, thus encouraging students to use the language for personal enjoyment and enrichment. The foundation for a higher level study of the Spanish language is accomplished.
Lessons are presented to students in a developmentally appropriate manner using various strategies to accommodate the differing learning styles at each level. Students in kindergarten through grade four engage in more hands-on activities and role-playing to assist in their language learning skills. In the middle grades, the focus is on listening and reading comprehension, vocabulary learning, and the development of writing skills. Junior high students further develop skills to analyze and apply grammar rules in listening, reading, and writing in Spanish.