St. Bernard’s prioritizes foreign language education

To the editor:

I have read with appreciation the recent articles and guest commentaries promoting elementary foreign language education. In a world that is becoming increasingly connected, it is more important than ever for young people to learn to respect other languages and cultures. Years ago, the strategic planning committee of St. Bernard’s School determined that adding foreign language instruction to our already robust curriculum should be a priority and we have worked towards that goal since. St. Bernard’s School has implemented a program that not only teaches foreign language skills, but also provides students with a broader perspective on different cultures and ways of life. We offer both French and Spanish to our students in alternate years so that by the time they graduate from us, our students have had exposure to both languages and myriad cultures, traditions, and customs where those languages are spoken. St. Bernard’s School is proud that we have been able to provide foreign language education to our students, and we applaud the efforts of others who have made it a priority to do the same.


Andrea Kilbourne-Hill

Principal, St. Bernard’s School

Saranac Lake


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