French- and Spanish-language students at the Language Academy, a kindergarten through grade 8 magnet school near San Diego State University, have received gold, silver, bronze and honorable mention awards in Le Grand Concours, the National French Contest, and the National Spanish Exam.
Academy is a multicultural school that emphasizes the importance of
fluency in multiple languages. The Language Academy offers students the
unique opportunity to become bi-literate in either Spanish and English,
or French and English.
“This is a highly competitive examination
that helps to prepare students for the AP and College Placement Exams."
said Marie-Magdeleine Chirole, Southest Region Director for American
Association of Teachers of French, the organization that sponsors Le Grand Concours.
"This is why your students who received a national ranking deserve
special recognition. Their achievements are a testament to the quality
of your French program.”
In the French test the Language
Academy had 103 students in grades 6-8 take the test, with 25 top-20
percentile Honorable Mention Awards, 55 Bronze medals for National
places 10-4, 12 Silver medals for National third and second place, and
four Gold medals for National First Place. Several students received
medals for the second consecutive year.
Students also excelled in the
National Spanish Examinations, which are similar to the National French
Contest and is sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of
Spanish and Portuguese. This year Language Academy earned seven gold, 16
silver and 18 bronze medals along with 56 honorable mentions among the
132 students in grades 6-8 who took the test. And, as with the French
test, there were several repeat winners.