PARENTAL OVERRIDE POLICY
When a student fails to meet the prerequisites for taking a sequential course, the student is obligated to take an alternative course. In some extenuating circumstances, parents may formally request an override of the school’s recommendation or eligibility requirement for a course. In this instance, the student is allowed to take the preferred course with the understanding that the student will remain in said course for the entire school year.
After having a discussion with the recommending teacher, please click here to access the WORLD LANGUAGE OVERRIDE FORM. You will not be able to fulfill the override request if that discussion hasn't occurred.
World Language study at Westford Academy progresses through a four-year curriculum sequence based on the Massachusetts Foreign Languages Framework. Movement along the sequence is determined by performance on proficiency based assessments and teacher recommendation. Most four-year colleges require a minimum of two years of language study at the high school, and competitive colleges require more.
Students of French, German, Spanish or Mandarin work toward proficiency in speaking, reading, writing, and understanding the language. Study of culture is integral to our program, and it is embedded in all we do, helping keep the connective thread to the past ever present, and helping students recognize connections to the world beyond themselves.
Students of Latin concentrate on reading and understanding Latin and gaining an appreciation for the continuous influence of Latin language, literature, art, architecture, scientific and mathematical thought, and values on western civilization.