Lead Teachers: Cory Henrickson
The World Language Department strongly recommends that every student who intends to continue language studies beyond high school finish a minimum of three years of a foreign language while at BHS. Students reading significantly below grade level are advised to defer beginning a world language until their sophomore year. Students who don’t receive a “C” or better in a course at the end of the year repeat the entire year. They may only repeat a language course once. Students may explore options outside of Berkeley High School.
Students with little or no previous language experience are placed in a level 1-2 class. Students with previous experience are placed into the appropriate level based on their grades in a previous language course or on their score on a placement test. Middle-school Spanish students in a BUSD school can take the placement test in their middle school. All other students can take the placement test at BHS, dates and times to be announced. Students who believe they have been incorrectly placed
should contact the World Languages co-chair or the World Languages vice-principal within the first two weeks of classes.