Foreign Language

Wilkes students begin their participation in conversational French in kindergarten. Through songs, games, stories, and drills, students progressing through each grade become increasingly proficient and confident and develop an appreciation of French culture and language.

In addition to French, fifth graders explore Ancient Rome and beginning Latin. The links of Ancient Roman culture abound in our Mount Vernon neighborhood and throughout the city, and students learn to recognize the Roman influences in the design of buildings, parks and cities, coins, and the influence on our form of government. They identify and manipulate Roman numerals and explore the roots of our language through Latin vocabulary study and simple translations.