Foreign Languages

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RLA provides students with a high command of foreign languages. Language acquisition research shows that second language acquisition helps improve students’ cognitive skills, broaden their perspectives and bridge the cultural gaps between students, parents, and teachers. According to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, “language and communication are at the heart of the human experience”.


Rising Leaders Academy currently teaches 4 out of the 6 official U.N. Languages. The 6 official languages of the United Nations, used in intergovernmental meetings and documents, are English, French, Russian, Arabic, Chinese, and Spanish.

The core subjects are taught in English. Rising Leaders Academy also offers Arabic, Chinese, and Spanish.


Students sing Arabic at International Fair

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Kindergarten Arabic Alphabet display

  Students sing in Spanish and Arabic during the Community Circle.

Community Circle ~ November 21, 2014 ~ Spanish Performances

Community Circle ~ April 4, 2014 ~ Arabic Performances

Community Circle ~ March 21, 2014 ~ Spanish Performances

Community Circle ~ October 18, 2013

Community Circle ~ September 20, 2013







Our 8th graders have the opportunity to take Spanish Pre-IB and get high school credit for it. Our Pre-IB course follows the course description in CPALMS.  Our course and supporting material have been developed independently of the IB.


Special Note from CPALMS: Pre-IB courses have been created by individual schools or school districts since before the MYP started. These courses mapped backwards the Diploma Programme (DP) to prepare students as early as age 14. The IB was never involved in creating or approving these courses. The IB acknowledges that it is important for students to receive preparation for taking part in the DP, and that preparation is the MYP. The IB designed the MYP to address the whole child, which, as a result, has a very different philosophical approach that aims at educating all students aged 11-16. Pre-IB courses usually deal with content, with less emphasis upon the needs of the whole child or the affective domain than the MYP. A school can have a course that it calls “pre-IB” as long as it makes it clear that the course and any supporting material have been developed independently of the IB. For this reason, the school must name the course along the lines of, for example, the “Any School pre-IB course”.
The IB does not recognize pre-IB courses or courses labeled IB by different school districts which are not an official part of the IBDP or IBCC curriculum. Typically, students enrolled in grade 9 or 10 are not in the IBDP or IBCC programmes.