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In philosophy, the Department of World Languages believes that direct acquaintance, through language, with the varied cultures and peoples of this world provides students an understanding of human interconnection. At CSN not only is language the focus of study in foreign language courses, but additionally the history, literature, civilization, and contemporary mores of the peoples speaking these languages.
Currently the Middle School offers programs of modern language study in Spanish (three levels), French (three levels), and Chinese (three levels). Students are expected to take at least one language course in every year of Middle School. Additionally, eighth grade students have an option to take Latin I Honors in the Upper School.