World Language

Knowing how to communicate in another language is an essential element of an excellent 21st-century education. Language is a cultural phenomena that allows us to guide students to discoveries of world cultures. To study a language is to gain insights into different global perspectives and to gain both knowledge and experience to become a leader in today’s world. Communication in a world language leads to possibilities to share work and ideas in the fields of science, math, music, art, history, literature, theatre, economics and so much more with others all over the planet. We strive to prepare our students to go anywhere, discuss anything and make significant contributions in both their personal and professional lives through the use of their language skills and their understanding of other cultures. Throughout our program language learning is supported by the ACTFL national standards of the five Cs: communication, cultures, connections, comparisons and communities.

Did You Know...

  • KPS girls and boys begin to learn French and Spanish in Junior Pre-Kindergarten.
  • 90% of our students earn a 3 or higher on the AP French Language and Culture exam and 100% earn a 3 or higher on the AP Spanish Language and Culture exam. Courses beyond the AP level are Spanish VI: Women's Voices in Hispanic Literature and French VI: Women's Voices in Francophone Literature.
  • In the years 2017-18 and 2018-19, four students pursued Independent Studies in Chinese, French, and Spanish. These students took all our advanced classes first, and then created their own research topic proposals with a faculty advisor.
  • All sixth-graders take one trimester each of Latin and Chinese in addition to a full year of either French or Spanish. In the seventh grade, students may elect to pursue Latin or Chinese instead of their other language.
  • Spanish students earned travel or college scholarships awarded by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.
  • STEAM topics are richly embedded into our PS curriculum. One highlight is the Jardin Français and the Jardín Español, where students grow plants native to French or Hispanic countries such as lavender and peppers.
  • During the last 10 years, the World Language Department has sponsored and led global learning trips to China, Italy, France, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Cuba, and Peru.

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Meet the Department

List of 12 members.

  • Photo of Katharine MacCornack

    Dr. Katharine MacCornack 

    Department Chair / US/MS World Languages
    Middlebury College - B.A.
    Brown University - M.A.
    Brown University - Ph.D.
  • Photo of Lydia Barovero

    Dr. Lydia Barovero 

    US Spanish / US Academic Dean
    Dickinson College - B.A.
    Pennsylvania State University - M.A.
    Pennsylvania State University - Ph.D.
  • Photo of Nadine Bernard

    Ms. Nadine Bernard 

    MS French/Spanish
    University Of Toulouse, France - M.A.
    Montclair State University - M.A.
  • Photo of Ana Casas

    Ms. Ana Casas 

    PS/US Spanish
    Washington University - B.A.
  • Photo of Shirley Chang

    Ms. Shirley Chang 

    MS/US Chinese
    National Taipei University - B.A.
    Lawrence Technological University - M.S.
  • Photo of Michelle Clarke

    Ms. Michelle Clarke 

    MS Spanish
    Universidad Femenina del Sagrado Corazon - B.Ed.
    Teachers College, Columbia University - M.A.
  • Photo of Holly Doyle

    Ms. Holly Doyle 

    MS/US Latin/MS History
    Tulane University - B.A.
    Vanderbilt University - M.A.T.
  • Photo of Elizabeth Farshtey

    Ms. Elizabeth Farshtey 

    US Latin
    Barnard College - B.A.
  • Photo of Dora Gragg

    Mrs. Dora Gragg 

    PS Spanish / PS Diversity and Inclusion Liaison
    Universidad Regiomontana - B.A.
  • Photo of Nathan Lutz

    Mr. Nathan Lutz 

    PS French / Global Learning Coordinator
    Louisiana State University - B.A.
    Rutgers University - M.A.
  • Photo of Francoise Moreau

    Ms. Francoise Moreau 

    US French
    La Sorbonne - B.A.
    La Sorbonne - M.A.
  • Photo of Elena Neacsu

    Dr. Elena Neacsu 

    US Spanish
    University of Virginia - Ph.D.
Kent Place School is an all-girls K through 12 independent college preparatory day school with a coeducational Preschool, located in Summit, NJ.