SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Next year, eighth grade students at Curtis Corner Middle School will have the option to take Spanish and French classes, which will allow them to extend their foreign language learning into a fifth-level class at South Kingstown High School.
In a survey taken by 497 South Kingstown parents, staff, and students, 90.14 percent responded “yes” to the question, “Are you interested in the offering of a world language course at Curtis Corner Middle School?” In the same survey, 50 percent chose Spanish as the preferred language offering, 8 percent chose French, 3 percent chose Italian, and 33 percent chose “any of the above.”
“We are planning to offer choices to students,” said Kristen Stringfellow, superintendent of the South Kingstown School District. “When we did a survey for South Kingstown parents and staff, they chose Spanish as their number one choice. We are concerned that if we only offer one language that students would only populate that language in high school.”
The high school currently offers French, Spanish and Italian.