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Niskayuna World Languages at-a-glance

  • Four foreign languages offered: French, Spanish, German, and Latin.
  • Instruction begins in 6th grade and may continue throughout high school.
  • Exchange programs with France, Germany and Spain.
  • The AP exam is an option for fifth year students.
  • Twelfth graders may choose to take fifth year language for college credit.
  • Honors courses offered in foreign language at all levels.
  • Students participate in national language contests and consistently achieve excellent results.

World Languages department

The aim of instruction in modern languages is to provide increasing competence in listening, speaking, reading, writing and cultural understanding.

Director of World Language: Marie Digirolamo,, (518) 382-2511 Ext. 21721

Secretary: Amanda Vickerson,

World Languages Faculty

High School World Languages Program

Niskayuna's international exchange programs

Exchange programs with schools in Germany, France, and Spain provide opportunities for students to travel, strengthen language skills, and experience the rich culture and history of other countries. Learn more

Middle School world languages

Students can choose to study French or Spanish beginning in sixth grade. Grade 6 foreign language is a semester class (20 weeks) and 7th and 8th grade students take a full year of foreign language. Eighth grade language is the Level I high school course, and at the end of the year, students take a local proficiency exam that fulfills their high school language requirement. At the end of eighth grade instruction, teachers will recommend students for Language I, II or II H in high school.

Information by Language

View information and resources for : French  |  German  |  Latin  |  Spanish