Global Curriculum
Academic Programs

World Languages

Learning world languages opens many doors to personal, professional and academic development. It provides a critical perspective through which students understand their individual identity and global community. Vistamar students are prepared to be orally proficient and culturally competent—to communicate effectively in real-life situations, and know how, when, and why to say what to whom.

Department Objectives

  • Be orally proficient
  • Be culturally competent
  • Develop a broader understanding of global community
  • Possess a deeper sense of one´s identity
  • Foster opportunities for academic, professional & personal growth


Oral Proficiency Requirement

Vistamar students study at least one language other than English for a minimum of three years. To achieve a higher level of proficiency, students are encouraged to take a fourth year course. To reflect both local and global cultures, three distinctive programs are offered: Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, and Heritage Spanish. Small groups of students are provided with individualized support as they develop oral proficiency in an intimate, student-centered setting.
 
In order to qualify for the Vistamar diploma, all students must pass an oral proficiency test in a second language in addition to fulfilling the minimum course requirement.  Students must attain a minimum level of “Intermediate-Mid” based on standards established by the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Language (ACTFL). Students in the Heritage Spanish program must attain a minimum level of “Advanced-Low” in both speaking and writing.

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Meet the Faculty

List of 5 members.

  • Angela Volpicelli 

    World Languages Department Chair, Spanish Faculty
    University of Wisconsin-Madison - MA
    Indiana University - BA
    Bio
  • Suzy Hernández 

    University of California, Davis - MA
    University of California, Irvine - BA
    Bio
  • Lucia Linares 

    Nova Southeastern University - MS in Education
    Boston University - BA in Sociology and Political Science
    Bio
  • Francisco Montilla 

    Nova Southeastern University - MS Spanish
    Universidad Pedagógica Experimental Libertador - BS in Spanish
    Bio
  • Eric Shi 

    Iowa State University - Master
    Bio
Vistamar School is a private independent high school in the South Bay region of Los Angeles
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