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World Language

The Notre Dame World Language Program provides students with the essential knowledge and skills to contribute to a global society. The study of a world language enables students to communicate effectively with people of different cultures and to appreciate those cultures, both modern and ancient. By comparing and contrasting similarities and differences between cultures, as well as languages, we prepare students to become informed members of a global society.

Notre Dame High School offers study in seven languages: American Sign Language, French, Italian, Latin, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish. We encourage students to advance their skill beyond the classroom. Extra-curricular clubs, cultural activities, and honor societies enhance the students’ study of the language.  Notre Dame World Language teachers offer tutoring and additional help before, during, and after the school day as they are committed to student success. We encourage students to prepare and sit for national language competitions and exams. Students also have independent study options and preparation for the AP Exams and SAT Subject tests offered in the respective languages. Students with prior language education may choose to test into advanced levels. With block scheduling, students have the opportunity to easily study more than one language through their four years at Notre Dame.

"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head.
If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart."
-Nelson Mandela

Regina Koebele-Demaree

World Language Department Chair, Latin Teacher

Elena Grianti

Claire Grimonprez

Sofia Martinez


Cynthia Sabogal

Georgia Savarese-Ahearn


Marilyn Ward