World Languages

Ambitious. Lively. Empowering. Fun! These are just some of the words to describe World Language classrooms at The Hill School. Through immersive and in-context teaching methodologies, our students learn interpretive, interpersonal and presentational language skills — while also developing cultural and global competency. Hill students quickly gain the confidence to listen, speak, and negotiate for meaning as they achieve proficiency in their target languages.

World Languages Offered at The Hill:

Critical Need Languages:

Did you know? The Hill School is one of a few select boarding schools in the United States to offer two full-program critical-need languages (Arabic and Chinese) to its students. Learn More.

Beyond the Classroom

At Hill, opportunities to experience authentic language exchanges on campus are limitless — and our multilingual instructors take full advantage of this unique boarding school benefit. Throughout the year, there are exclusive language tables in the Dining Hall, international festivals, cultural celebrations, cooking and music parties, and more.

And… if your Spanish teacher also happens to be your tennis coach, well, get ready to play the game in Spanish. Vamonos!

School Year Abroad (SYA)

SYA provides an opportunity for Hill students to extend their learning beyond campus to locations in France, Italy, and Spain. These immersion programs focus on experiential learning, feature home-stays in authentic cultural contexts, and allow students to complete an American-style year of education in preparation for the college admission process. 

Enjoy this video created by students in Hill’s AP Chinese class.

For more information about the World Languages Department, please contact Mr. Chris DeLucia P'13, Chair of the World Languages Department, at