Our goal in the Department of Language is proficiency in both the language and culture of other people, even perhaps at another time in history. Austin students typically study one language and its culture in depth. Our introductory courses in modern languages begin with a communications approach, stressing listening and speaking skills. Our approach in the classical languages is one of reading proficiency, with an emphasis upon fluency and historical appreciation. 

Global travel awakens the senses—and mind—to different cultures and experiences. From climbing the worn steps of Rome's Colosseum to practicing tai chi with Shanghai locals, unforgettable memories become priceless souvenirs. Opportunities for school trips allow Middle School students to experience these life-changing journeys alongside the most passionate and qualified teachers.

Middle School Program

All sixth and seventh grade students take a developmental Classics or Mandarin course. Students must remain with that language through the end of their seventh grade year. All eighth grade students participate in our Upper School Languages program and will select from French, Latin, Mandarin, or Spanish. Students are required to take three years as an Upper School student. Eighth grade language classes may include Upper School students as classmates.

Click here to reference the MS Course Catalog and view all of the choices available.

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Austin Preparatory School is a Catholic private school in Reading, MA for Middle School and High School students in grades 6-12. We seek to cultivate the hearts and minds of our young students and provide an environment in which our students can successfully learn, grow, and develop beyond the classroom.

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