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foreign language

Vision - Beauty - Talent


English Language Arts encourages students to find their “voices” as they collaborate with world literature and complex texts. The study of English further develops their communication skills and cultural expression.  Students reflect rigorous critical-thinking at all levels of literacy from English Learners to students with special needs and to IB “Diploma Programme” participants.


Our mission is to provide a quality arts and educational experience that is creative and challenging to all students who have an interest or passion for the arts.  The integration of an education which supports the A-G requirements for college admission and a visual and performing arts theme will provide opportunities to increase student engagement and participation, promote the arts as an essential part of life by making connections to student life experiences and global issues, to promote visual and artistic literacy and create a lifelong passion for the arts.

What Distinguishes the Foreign Language Department?

Always getting those prepositional phrases mixed up with regular and irregular verbs?  Teachers slave for hours on end helping students understand the many languages offered here at WHS.  Whether it be tutoring a senior to prepare for SATs or helping students cram last minute for the AP Spanish test, teachers could be found before and after school helping those in need.  Although English is one of the most important and difficult classes that students need, ESL was also a hardship.  Many students struggle trying to learn English as a second language.  Students were required to learn basic English skills after years of speaking only one language.  To many college bound students foreign language isn't just an elective, its a requirement.  Students take up to four years of any foreign language offered here in hopes that they will be prepared for college.  To do so, we provide:

*Fall & Spring Drama Performances

*Drama and Music Productions

*Showcase student work in galleries

*Painting, ceramics, drama courses


*Active alumni support


*Winter & Spring Concerts


*Winter & Spring Talent Shows


*End of Year Senior Awards Luncheon


We work closely alongside...

Field Trips

In order for our students to experience...

Faculty Members of Foreign Language

Bertha Aguilar, Karla Alvarez, Alva Bergman, Sara Breuninger, Stephen Burrell, Angie Coronel, Jeff Combe, Samiri Dabiri, Tim Davis (me), Rebecca Garcia, Carol Gorenberg, Arlene Hayes, Andrew Johnson, Veronica LaJambe, Nobuku Miyoshi, Angelo Mojica, Eddy Martinez, Ms. Nabavi, Jill Papineau, Bita Pirzadeh, Richard Price, Martha Ramirez;


*Admin = Manuela Hernandez

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