Course Offerings


Below are typical World Language course selections for each grade.  Students may move between
levels based on their performance, skills, and prerequisites. 


*As with any Honors Program, please be advised that these are rigorous courses.               

LATIN 1R-H – 5800, 5870                                                                                              Full year - 1 credit

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12                                                                                                           

 Prerequisites:  5800 Latin 1R:           Open to interested students

                              5870 Latin 1H:           Honors Policy Applies

This course is the beginning of a sequence.  It covers the vocabulary and grammar necessary to read and write simple Latin.  Oral reading and listening comprehension will be included. Greco-Roman culture is studied and there is emphasis on English vocabulary and grammar. Checkpoint A of the state syllabus is followed.            


LATIN 2R-H – 5820, 5810                                                                                              Full year - 1 credit

Grades 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites:  5820 Latin 2R:           Completion of Latin 1R

                         5810 Latin 2H:           Honors Policy Applies

This course reviews the work of the first year and continues the study of vocabulary, grammar, and culture leading to the reading of Latin authors (e.g. Caesar).  Honors students read more extensively. This class is the first half of Checkpoint B of the state syllabus.



LATIN 3R-H – 5840, 5830                                                                                              Full year - 1 credit

Grades 11, 12                                                                                                                      

rerequisites: 5840 Latin 3R:            Completion of Latin 2R

                        5830 Latin 3H:            Honors Policy Applies


This course completes checkpoint B of the state syllabus and satisfies the requirements for a three-year sequence for the Regents diploma.  It continues the study of vocabulary, grammar, listening, speaking, writing, and culture, but it is devoted mostly to the reading of classical authors, including Cicero, Pliny, Catullus, Horace, Ovid, and Vergil.  Honors students read more extensively.


MODERN LANGUAGE 1                                                               Full year- 1 credit                                               

French 1R-5000       German 1R-5600          Italian 1R-5700       Spanish 1R-5300

French 1H-5020      German 1H-5590          Italian 1H-5790       Spanish 1H-5290


Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

Level 1 is an introduction to the pronunciation, elementary vocabulary and basic grammatical constructions of the language.  The four communication skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing are taught within the scope of the material learned and practiced in class.  The student will also be introduced to the culture of the country (countries) whose language is being studied.  Checkpoint A of the state syllabus is followed; consequently, the emphasis is on the communicative use of the language.


Courses at this level will only be offered if there is sufficient enrollment.  Students will be notified in the spring of the status of the program.

MODERN LANGUAGE 2                                                                                                Full year - 1 credit

French 2R-5100       German 2R-5620          Italian 2R-5720       Spanish 2R-5400

French 2H-5110      German 2H-5610          Italian 2H-5710       Spanish 2H-5410

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12                                                                                                           

Prerequisites:        Regents Criteria: Completion of Level 1R

                                    Honors Criteria: Honors Policy Applies


For the Level II Course, there will be an increasing emphasis on reading and writing in the language.  Reading materials will supplement the text.  Students will also be required to express themselves in the world language, outside the scope of the material specifically covered in class.  This class addresses the requirements of the first half of Checkpoint B of the state syllabus.

MODERN LANGUAGE 3                                                                  Full year - 1 credit               

French 3R-5200        German 3R-5640         Italian 3R-5740        Spanish 3R-5500

French 3H-5210       German 3H-5630         Italian 3H-5730        Spanish 3H-5510


Grades 10, 11, 12                                                                                                                                               


Prerequisites:        Regents Criteria: Completion of Level 2R

                                   Honors Criteria: Honors Policy Applies

This third level course will complete Checkpoint B of the state syllabus and culminates in a comprehensive examination, which will be offered in June.  The aim of the course is to increase communicative proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, writing and grammatical skills. Although the same grammatical skills will be taught, the Honors course will lay a more advanced grammatical foundation for those students who will be enrolled in the Level 4H course. 




MODERN LANGUAGE 4                                                      Full year - 1 credit

French 4R-5260       German 4R-5650          Italian 4R-5750       Spanish 4R-5560

French 4H-5250      German 4H-5660          Italian 4H-5760       Spanish 4H-5550

Grades 11, 12                                                                                                                                                      

Prerequisites:        Regents Criteria: Completion of Level 3R

                                    Honors Criteria: Honors Policy Applies



4H                                                                                                                                          Full year - 1 credit

This course focuses on strengthening the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. There is a strong emphasis on advanced grammatical structures and usage, literary and cultural reading selections, vocabulary acquisition, and composition writing.  This course completes half of Checkpoint C of the NYS syllabus. 



4R                                                                                                                                           Full year - 1 credit


This course places an emphasis on the four skills through listening and reading comprehension, writing (grammatical structures and composition), and formal and informal speaking. There is a strong focus on the communicative use of the language, making it primarily an advanced conversation course.  This course completes half of Checkpoint C of the NYS syllabus. 


COLLEGE COURSES                                                Full year - 1 H.S. credit – up to 6 college credits


College French - 5290                       College German - 5695                    College Italian - 5790

College Latin - 5890                          College Spanish - 5590


Grade 12 Only

Prerequisites:        Completion of Level 4R or 4H (for Latin, completion of Level 3R or 3H)



The curriculum, which was written by members of our language department, has been approved by St. John’s University.  This course will build upon the skills learned in our other language high school courses, as well as continue to build upon oral and written proficiency with more intensive reading and conversation.  Students have the potential to earn six college credits; that is, three credits per high school semester.   College credit can be obtained through St. John’s University’s College Advantage program and is transferable to most colleges and universities.  Please note; students may also opt out of receiving college credit. 


To qualify for college credit, St. John’s requires that at the time of registration in September and/or January, seniors have a minimum of an 80 average in the five academic subjects (English, Language, Math, Science, and Social Studies), and a combined math and critical reading score of 1000 or an ACT score of 22.


Points of Information as per St. John’s University:


  • The course will be offered at a reduced tuition rate of $325.00 per course, which is one semester in length.
  • Withdrawals are not permitted unless the student leaves school or is dropped from the course by administration.
  • A failing grade does not automatically warrant a withdrawal.
  • No new students may be added to the roster after registration.
  • All students must have a social security number to be enrolled.


ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE – 9700                                                         Full year - 1 credit

The English as a Second Language program at Garden City High School serves students in grades 9-12 and follows the NYS Learning Standards for ESL.  The program is designed to teach English to non-English speaking students from any and all language backgrounds. It is a progressive approach incorporating the four skills of language acquisition - listening, speaking, reading and writing.  Emphasis is placed on the academic content areas so that at all levels of instruction, students are provided with the necessary language tools to help them succeed in the mainstream classroom.