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Learning to communicate with people from other parts of the world and valuing cultural differences are critical components of twenty-first century learning. That is why Charlotte Prep is committed to preparing its students with an age-appropriate mastery of a foreign language. To create the richest possible learning opportunities, our curriculum focuses on Spanish.

Our Early School exposure to foreign language transitions into Lower School, where students develop core Spanish vocabulary and acquire basic conversational skills through songs, stories, discussions, and games. In 3rd and 4th Grade, students delve into project-based learning which enables them to revisit topics throughout the year while layering and applying new knowledge to the ongoing project. Beginning in 5th Grade, Spanish classes deepen, allowing for a more intensive study of language, literacy development, functional use of language, and fluency. Daily Spanish classes begin in 7th Grade, allowing for a more intensive study of language, literacy development, functional use of language, and fluency.  

Classes meet with our dedicated Spanish teachers as follows:

  • Kindergarten-4th Grade: Twice per week

  • 5th Grade: Four times per week

  • 6th Grade: Three times per week

  • 7th-8th Grade: Five times per week

Blog: Spain in June

Paris - Day 2

June 24, 2016
By Mrs. Watson
Bonjour again!  I had a wonderful 2nd day in Paris.  I was glad it cooled down today since most of what I had planned was outdoors.  I woke up early and took the metro to the Grand Palis.  I realized that if I left and hour early I could explore the grand and petite palis, the plaza de concorde and the louvre gardens.  I arrived right on time for my visit to the Louvre at 10.  The Louvre was impressive.  I knew that it housed the most impressive collection of art in the world but it is so extensive you really can't imagine it till you see it.  I'm not sure what my favorite piece was but the egyptian sphynx was very neat to look at.  After the Louvre I crossed the beautiful Alexander bridge and heaed towards the Luxemborg Gardens.  This park surprised me.  I think it was my favorite site in Paris.  I've included a picture of the gardens in front of the palace.  They stretch as far as the eye can see and are surrounded by beautiful flowers, scultuptures and ponds.  I visited the Pantehon before heading back to my hotel.  Napoleon originally had the Pantheon built for Saint Augustine but it has since changed to a masoleum (burial site) of important French Citizens. 
At my hotel I changed into running clothes and took the metro out to the Eiffel Tower.  I ran an 8 mile loop along the Seine river.  I saw many of Paris's beautiful bridges on the boat tour and really enjoyed the chance to see them up close today.  I'm off to bed. I have a few hours free in the morning before flying back to the US in the afternoon.  I hope you've enjoyed reading my blog!

Paris - Day 1

June 24, 2016
By Mrs. Watson
Bonjour!  I am just getting back to my hotel after a whirlwind day in Paris.  I took a 6 1/2 hour train ride yesterday from Barcelona to Paris.  I am on the North side of Paris in an artsy neighborhood called Montmarte.  Montmarte surrounds the famous Sacre Couer Basilica.  The Basilica sits on top of a hill and overlooks the city.  I arrived around 9:30 PM with just enough time to watch a beautiful sunset.  I saw the artists packing up their booths and knew I wanted to return during the day to see their work.
I only have 2 days in Paris so I had every detail planned.  This morning I woke up early and went to Arc de Triomfe and walked around Champs Elysses.  I then returned back to my hotel to visit the artists at Montmarte.  Next I took the metro to the Eiffel Tower where I first went on a boat tour up and down the Seine river.  We crossed under 22 bridges and it was a great chance for me to see some of the buildings I will not have a chance to visit.  After the boat tour I had 2 hours till my Eiffel Tower visit so I took a walking tour of some of the historical sites in the area.  My favorite was the hotel invalides.
It was a military hospital and Napoleon is buried there.  Next, I took a tour of the Eiffel Tower.  The view from the top was incredible.  I could see the park below the tower, the Champs de Mars, all set up for the Euro Cup soccer championships.  Paris is hosting the Euro cup and the entire city, including the Eiffel Tower, is decorated with soccer balls!  After the Eiffel Tower, I took the metro to the Notre Dame Cathedral.  The stained glass on the inside is inredible.  The circular patterns reminded me of a kaleidoscope.  From there I headed back to my hotel and picked out a French restaurant for dinner.  I enjoyed my meal but the dessert was by far my favorite. I had tiramisu and might go back tomorrow for more.

Barcelona - Tuesday

June 24, 2016
By Mrs. Watson
Hola! Today was another day with perfect weather here in Barcelona.    A college friend and teammate is visiting me here in Barcelona so we woke up and went for a run along the beach first thing in the morning.  I've included a beautiful photo from the boat dock.  After breakfast, we took the metro to el museo nacional de arte de catalunya.  It is the national art museum for the Catalan region of Spain.  It contains their history and art from the 12th century to the present as well as some famous works by Dali, Picasso, and Diego Velasquez.  The Catalan region of Spain has mantained their own language and culture since the 1100s.  The Catalan language is similar enough to Spanish for me to follow along when it is written down but I definitely can not carry on a conversation.  Right now the Catalan region is trying to break away from Spain to form their own country.  It was interesting to see this reflected in their art. 
After the museum, I toured a large market called las Ramblas and stopped into a museum for the FC Barcelona soccer team. I've included a picture of Messi's jersey for my soccer fans.  Last night was my last dinner in Spain so I had to try the paella one more time.  This one, in the photo below, had even more seafood in it than the ones I tried in Madrid. Barcelona is on the coast and there is an abundance of great seafood here.  It was a perfect last Spanish meal.  We had an early dinner so that we could head out to watch the Spain vs. Czeck Republic soccer game in the Euro Cup.  It was a thrilling game to watch but unfortunately Spain lost 2-0 with a goal scored by the Czeck Republic in the final minutes.  Tomorrow I leave in the afternoon for a train to Paris. 

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National Spanish Exam

Students from Charlotte Prep have a long history of high achievement on the National Spanish Exam, the largest exam of its kind in the United States with over 157,000 students participating in 2015. Congratulations to the many students who earned medals and attained state recognitions this year.
A total of 56 seventh and eighth graders tested the Level 01 and Level 1 exams, respectively, in regular, outside experience and bilingual categories. Placements based on level and category included:
  • 1 unprecedented Perfect Score
  • 8  students earned Gold Medal placement nationally (scoring above the 95th percentile)
  • 11  students earned Silver Medal placement nationally (scoring above the 85th percentile)
  • 12  students earned Bronze Medal placement nationally (scoring above the 75th percentile)
  • 15 students earned Honorable Mention 
  • 2 students placed 1st in NC
  • 4 students placed 2nd in NC
  • 3 students placed 3rd in NC
  • 2 students placed 4th in NC
  • 2 students placed 5th in NC
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After School Lanuage Enrichment

Understanding the wider world and its cultures is important to our focus on global education. Our after-school enrichment programs (Studios) have included the following language offerings:
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Hindi