The Cherokee County School District’s Foreign Language curriculum offers a variety of languages and levels for students to pursue their freshman year. Students that attend a Cherokee County high school have an opportunity to begin foreign language study in Spanish I or French I prior to entering high school. The longer the sequence of study, the more proficient in the language the student will become. For students who enjoy languages, there are options to pursue more than one language. Foreign Language has also been added as a Career Pathway. Students who complete three or more years of the same language will be a Foreign Language Pathway Completer.
Students who attend a Georgia University System college are required to complete two years of the same language. Three years of foreign language are recommended to students who plan to attend a research university.
In the global world we live in today, many more opportunities are afforded to those that speak additional languages. You will find that employers in almost any field need employees that are able to communicate with a more culturally diverse clientele. Pick a career! You will most likely have a bilingual or multi-lingual speaker in the company. Foreign Language is the gateway to our global world.
The International Skills Diploma Seal (ISDS) is awarded to graduating high school students who complete an international education curriculum and engage in extracurricular activities and experiences that foster the achievement of global competencies. It is a signal to employers and higher education institutions that a student is prepared to participate in the global economy.
To be awarded the International Skills Diploma Seal, students need to complete:
Coursework in the following areas (8 credits total)
- World Languages (at least three credits in the same world language and/or ESOL)
- International Focus (at least four credits in courses determined to have an international focus, such as international economics, world/non—U.S. history, world geography, etc.)
- At least four extracurricular activities and experiences with global themes and/or in global contexts (e.g. exchange programs, international and language clubs, travel abroad)
- Twenty hours of community service involving a global/cross-cultural public service project
- Capstone presentation on the knowledge gained in the courses and activities listed above
** See Ms. Ard in the 500 hall office by the END of 1st semester if you qualify.
The Georgia Seal of Biliteracy was established in 2016 to recognize high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages in addition to English.
In order to qualify for the Georgia Seal of Biliteracy, a high school graduate shall meet the following criteria:
Completion of all English language arts requirements for graduation with an overall grade point average of 3.0 or above in those classes; and
Proficiency in one or more languages other than English, demonstrated by passing a foreign language advanced placement examination with a score of 4 or higher or an international baccalaureate examination with a score of 5 or higher; provided, however, that for languages in which an advanced placement examination is not available, the Department of Education may provide a listing of equivalent summative examinations that local school systems may use in place of such an advanced placement examination.
For more information, please visit the Georgia DOE website. Interested students should find information, including the Seal of Biliteracy application, on the CHS school website, under the World Languages page. All questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.