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would you like your child to learn a different language?


Beginning in the 6th grade, middle school students are able to select their language of study.

SPX continues to offer classroom instruction in Spanish in grades 6-8, three times per week. However, students who wish to select a different language of study have the opportunity to learn a language through virtual and small-group coursework provided by Rosetta Stone and Sign-It, in place of Spanish.

 2023-2024 Presentations:

CARTHAGE: William Cromartie | NAPOLI: Sara Pugliese | LA ROCHELLE: Duncan Green | NEW ORLEANS: Evie Fullagar 
POMPEII: Clare Leggett |  ORLEANS: Ainsley Hammock |  NICE: M K Thacker
 CONSTANTINOPLE: Aveanna Woelfel |  ALEXANDRIA: Nathaniel Hurst |  ANTIOCH: Peter Leone
MILAN: Cooper D'Ambrosio | DRESDEN: Harrison Feifs | LYON: Connor Hinson | MARSELLE: Tucker Harbach
VERONA: Rose Tavenner | VENICE: Skylar Comsa |  PISA: Caden Morsello | MILAN: Nico Cetrone
TOULOUSE: Megan Green | BORDEAUX: Hadley Hammock | LYON: Hannah Kloesz 
(ASL) BEVERLY HILLS: Sophia Kloesz | ST. TROPEZ: Amelia Logan | CARTHAGE: James Cromartie 
ROUEN: Eve Kohl | REGGIO: Domenico Aguilera | (ASL) WASHINGTON DC: Kate Elwell
(ASL) EMOTIONS: Abby Partridge | RAVEENA: Anders Bennett

Throughout the year, Language Lab students complete projects researching the history, culture, literature, and art of one of the countries where the language they are studying is spoken. For example, last year the students chose a famous writer, poet, or philosopher to research. They then created a slide show containing interesting facts about their writer’s life, most famous works, and their influence. During grace period, each student presented their project to their peers, who graded them on the basis of clarity and creativity of the presentation and knowledge
of the subject. 

Other projects include poster presentations and simple lessons for younger grades. The posters have been on topics such as St. Joan of Arc, the Pantheon, the different regions of Italy, the Napoleonic Wars, and Venice Carnival. Even pre-K students enjoyed learning how to count to 10 in Latin. In October 2023, our students learning Italian and Latin presented on Italian culture and art during the St. Pius X Parish Italian Festival.

 2022-2023 Presentations:

When will students attend the Language Lab?

Students who select an alternative language of study will report to the Language Lab at the times they would otherwise be taking Spanish.

How will they learn their language of choice?

Rosetta Stone and Sign-It are virtual programs. Students have the benefit of in-person, small-group instruction to support their online learning.

Rosetta Stone provides the most advanced voice-recognition program, and students will use a microphone and headset during the class period. Mrs. Leone, who is fluent in over four languages, will assist students with short lessons and pronunciation/reading support.

Students who select American Sign Language will have the opportunity to interact with a sign language instructor multiple times throughout the month during their language class, but they will be utilizing a virtual program, Sign-It, for most class periods.

The language lab is not a fit for every student. It requires self-motivation and an ability to seek answers to questions that a live instructor might normally provide. Remote language learning also requires genuine excitement about acquiring a new language.

Which languages will my child be able to study?

1. French
2. German
3. Italian
4. Latin
5. Russian
6. American Sign Language (ASL)

(While Spanish is offered by Rosetta Stone, it will not be a Language Lab option. Students who wish to study Spanish will continue the traditional course of study with classroom instruction.)

How will students be graded?

Sign-It and Rosetta Stone provide benchmark assessment scores. Lesson completion, quizzes, and exams will form the basis of grades, in addition to assigned activities. In order to do well, students must dedicate time to independent practice at home. 20 minutes of independent practice, 3-4 days per week is recommended. Students will be able to access their Rosetta Stone and Sign-It accounts from home. The use of supplemental language learning books and/or free apps such as Duo Lingo is encouraged.

May my child switch from Language Lab back to Spanish mid-year? 
May he or she switch languages while in the Lab?

Students who select the Language Lab option will be placed in the Lab for the entirety of the school year. They may not move from the Language Lab back into Spanish once the school year has started. Similarly, once they select a language, they may not switch to a different language during the school year. It is important to preview Rosetta Stone and Sign-It on the web prior to registration to be sure these learning platforms are well suited to the way your child learns.

What if my child receives support through Academic Enrichment during what would have been their Spanish class?

You must reach out to Lisa Sullivan and Sigrid Couch to discuss alternative options for pullout if you wish for your child to participate in the Language Lab.

Is there a fee?

Yes. In order to provide licenses and equipment for all students, there is a separate, nonrefundable $250 fee for the Language Lab that covers the full year of Language Lab learning.

Registration Information

Language Lab registration for the 2024-2025 school year will be available during Summer 2024.
We are proud to support global language learners and to be able to offer this option to middle school students. For questions, please contact Antonette Aguilera at or Elena Leone at

Language Lab photos 2023_2024


Languages offered 2024-2025

  • French
  • Italian
  • German
  • Russian
  • ASL

Language Lab photos 2022-2023

Language Lab photos 2021-2022