World Languages Department


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to the South Country Central School District Department of World Languages 


Important information about NYS graduation requirements

In New York State, students must earn one unit of credit in the study of a language other than English (LOTE) as part of their High School graduation requirements.  At Bellport Middle School, students earn that unit of credit by doing both of the following:

Completing and passing BOTH a Level 1A LOTE course in 7th grade AND a Level 1B LOTE course in 8th grade.

Passing (with a minimum score of 65) the "Checkpoint A" final examination given at the end of the Level 1B course.

If a student fails either of the courses (LOTE 1A / 1B) or the 8th grade final exam at the Middle School, he / she will not earn the unit of credit needed for High School graduation at that point.  Such a student will be automatically enrolled in a Level 1 LOTE course upon arrival at the High School, most typically Spanish 1*.   

*Please note that, while Level 1A and 1B  French, Italian and Spanish courses are offered at the Middle School, a Level 1 course in French or Italian MAY NOT be available at the High School.  In addition, enrollment into the Level 1 Latin course is reserved as a "third language option" for only those students who have successfully completed some course work in French, Italian or Spanish. Thus, if a student fails either French or Italian in the Middle School, they may have no alternative but to be enrolled in a Level 1 Spanish course at the High School.