World Language classes at Bangor High School play a vital role not only in facilitating students' language acquisition but also in enriching their overall educational experience. The pathway to language proficiency can begin as early as middle school or during high school, ensuring that students have ample opportunities to enhance their knowledge of the target languages and cultures. By studying American Sign Language (ASL), Chinese, French, and Spanish, students are exposed to a wide range of practices, products, and perspectives, which fosters a deeper understanding of global interconnectedness.
The Bangor School Department World Language programs are designed in accordance with the American Council of Foreign Language Teachers’ (ACTFL) National Standards and the Maine Learning Results. These standards ensure that graduates of Bangor High School demonstrate organized and purposeful communication in English and at least one other language, equipping them with the skills to navigate an increasingly interconnected world.
A significant milestone in the language program's recent history is the implementation of the Seal of Biliteracy in 2022. This prestigious recognition is awarded to students who demonstrate high proficiency in English and another language. In its inaugural year, Bangor High School celebrated the success of 27 students who fulfilled the requirements for the Seal of Biliteracy. Among them, three students demonstrated their language proficiency in two world languages and English, showcasing their exceptional linguistic abilities.
To support students' linguistic achievements, the school offers the Seal of Biliteracy exam twice during the academic year, once in the Fall and once in the Spring. This initiative not only highlights the dedication of Bangor High School to nurturing students' language skills but also serves as a testament to the value the school places on recognizing and celebrating students' linguistic accomplishments and diversity.