World Languages

World Languages Department Philosophy

The goal of the Justin-Siena World Languages Department is for students to communicate effectively in a second language and to engage in the global community.  With classes conducted entirely in the target language of French or Spanish, students practice the four basic language skills: reading, writing, speaking, and listening, with a special emphasis on every student speaking in the target language during every class.  Students gain experiences designed to connect language and culture, both inside and outside of class.  They make connections to art, literature, history, and religion.  By the third and fourth years of language study, students are confident in communicating with native speakers, can read literature and contemporary texts from newspapers and magazines, and analyze (orally and in writing) current social, economic, cultural, and political issues in countries where the target language is spoken.
World Languages Placement
Native speakers and students with previous coursework in languages other than English may take advanced classes.   To place higher than Level I in French or Spanish, students need to take the Justin-Siena Challenge Test in the respective language.


Justin-Siena Graduation Requirement:  Two years of the same language required; three years recommended
UC/CSU Admissions Requirement:  Two years of the same language required; three years recommended

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    Natasha Engering-Ward 

    Instructor of World Languages; Department Chair
    707.255.0950 ext. 505

Justin-Siena High School

4026 Maher Street
Napa, CA, 94558
United States
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Justin-Siena is a Lasallian Catholic college preparatory community that serves young people in grades 9–12.