The Weiss School Foreign Language Center of Excellence provides gifted students with comprehensive educational experiences in the foreign languages of Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. The objectives of the Foreign Language Center of Excellence are to 1) Equip Weiss School students with the skills and cultural experiences to be successful in the 21st century global workforce, 2) Develop enhanced respect and awareness for other cultures, and 3) Provide authentic learning experiences. The Foreign Language Center of Excellence provides instruction in Spanish and Mandarin Chinese during the normal school day and French through the Extended Day Program. Foreign language classes at The Weiss School have a low student to teacher ratio and immersive classes are scheduled according to the differentiated proficiency levels of students. A diverse faculty, which includes a North Palm Beach County Teacher of the Year Award winner who was selected to present at the Florida Foreign Language Association, encourage students to develop their second language and cultural skills through a diversified Foreign Language curriculum.
The Weiss School Foreign Language Center of Excellence abides by the philosophy of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and the 5 “C’s” of the National Standards of Foreign Language Education (NSFLE): Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities. Weiss School students are exposed to second language acquisition at a very early age and experience the various stages of language acquisition: Exploration, pre-production, early production, speech emergence, intermediate fluency, and advanced fluency. Using the four basic language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, Weiss School students become equipped with the essential tools they need to communicate in a culturally diverse society.