Q - Do all students have to take a World Languages course?
A - Yes. It is a New York State requirement. The only exception is if the student has an IEP for specific disabilities which could
exempt him/her from the World Languages Requirement.
Q - What World Languages are taught at MCS?
A - Spanish is the only language being taught at MCS to satisfy the World Language component of
NYS graduation requirements.
A - A 1/2 year Introduction to French class is available to students who have already completed
their required Spanish courses.
Q - When do MCS students start studying a World Language?
A - 7th Grade.
Q - How often do classes meet?
All Spanish classes meet 5 days per week, all year long. The Intro to French class meets 5 days per week for 1/2 year.
Q - How long do students have to study Spanish? What are the minimum requirements? Are there State Exams?
A - That depends on which type of Diploma the student wants to graduate with.
1. Regents Diploma (minimum requirement for graduation):
a. Students must successfully complete/pass 7th grade Spanish and Spanish 1 in 8th grade; and
b. pass* the locally developed Proficiency 'Equivalent' Exam, since the State Education Department is no longer
producing the World Languages Proficiency Exams itself.
* Students who do not pass the Proficiency Exam are required to successfully complete/pass Spanish 2 in 9th grade.
2. Advanced Regents Diploma (especially for college bound students) :
a. In addition to the above Regents Diploma requirements,
students must successfully complete/pass Spanish 2 and Spanish 3 in 9th and 10th grade; and
b. pass the locally developed NYS Spanish Regents 'Equivalent' Exam, since the State Education Department is no longer
producing the World Languages Regents Exams itself.
Q - Does Minerva offer college credit Spanish courses?
A - Currently there are no college credit Spanish courses being offered. However, as a 1/2 year elective, there is a
Latin American Civilizations course available to students who have completed their required Spanish courses.
Q - Why study Spanish, or any World Language for that matter?
A - There are too many great reasons for me to list them all here! Check out my "Fun Facts about Spanish and
World Languages learning" link for some of the many important answers to that question.