Spanish at Ursuline

Ursuline Academy Spanish courses equally emphasize speaking, reading, listening, and writing skills. We offer a very solid four-year program, including Spanish 1, 2, 3, 4 and AP Language & Culture. Classes are taught fully in Spanish with the exception of Spanish 1, in which we combine both languages in a progressive transition to using only Spanish. Through these courses, students also have the opportunity to explore diverse cultural aspects of the Spanish-speaking world.

In addition to classroom experience, our department is proud to provide our student body with several opportunities to connect with the richness of our language and cultures, such as: Spanish Club, UASIP (Ursuline Academy Spanish Immersion Program), Spanish National Exam, Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica (Spanish Honors Society), and service opportunities.

Incoming freshmen with a background in middle school Spanish will be offered the possibility of taking a placement exam.

Ursuline Spanish Immersion Program

This twenty day program provides students, who have successfully accomplished a third year of Spanish, with the opportunity to tour a region of Spain with fellow classmates and the Ursuline Spanish Department and to live with a Spanish family. During this period of time, UA students have the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the language and culture and further develop skills previously acquired in the classroom.

Living with my host family was an experience I will never forget and I loved getting to live the life of a typical Spanish student. The total immersion into the language taught me a lot and I really feel like all the practice helped me to improve. Getting to use my knowledge in a real life setting was so cool and solidified my interest in continuing to study Spanish. -Julia Herriott ’19

Enjoy photos from the Spanish Immersion Program!

Join the LIVE Microsoft Teams meeting to talk with Ursuline Spanish teachers:

Join the Teams meeting on Saturday, October 31 between 10:30am - 12:30pm

Join the Teams meeting on Sunday, November 1 between 12:30pm - 2:30pm

Guidelines for joining live meetings:

  • Access instructions for joining Microsoft Teams meetings here.

  • Please mute your microphone when entering and stay muted when not speaking (to avoid unnecessary static on the call).
  • When you enter a live meeting, please introduce yourself in the chat with your/your daughter’s name, grade, and current school.
  • If more than four people are in the meeting at one time, please raise your hand to ask a question (using the "raise your hand" function) or type it in the chat.
  • If you do not have the Microsoft Teams app and you are accessing through your web browser, you will be able to access the meeting but you will only see the person who is actively speaking in the meeting. This is perfectly fine, we just want you to be aware.

Spanish Department Information

Spanish Level 1 is intended for beginner and medium level students. In addition, we have plenty of opportunities to continue learning the language and culture, including Spanish 4 honors, AP Spanish Language and Culture, and Latin American Studies, which is a course completely run in Spanish.

Incoming Freshmen Placement Exam:

  • Students may be placed in Level 1, Honors Level 1, or Honors Level 2
  • The placement exam date is still to be determined for the incoming Class of 2025, but will be sometime in the spring.

Academic Achievements

AP Exam

  • Average score of 4.4 for AP Spanish Language and Culture for the 2019-2020 school year
  • Students can earn credit at the college level and expedite obtaining a minor in Spanish in college

National Spanish Exam

  • Excellent average scores in the National Spanish Exam:
  • In the 2019-2020 school year, 6 of our students placed at top three in the state of Ohio at levels 1, 2 and 4.
  • In the 2019-2020 school year, 21 of our students obtained a gold medal, 25 a silver medal and 19 a bronze medal

Spanish Honors Society

  • 19 students fulfilled the requirements last year to be inducted in the SHN

Enrichment Opportunities:

  • 3 Week Immersion Program to Spain
  • 1 week of traveling
  • 2 weeks living with a host family in Madrid
  • Service Learning
  • Advanced Spanish students can serve as interpreters, translators, and other opportunities through local non-profit organizations
  • Spanish Club
  • Open to any student wanting to learn more about Hispanic culture
  • Spanish club includes presentations, music, movies, trivia, games, and food
  • World Language Ursuline Newspaper Contributions

Some Ursuline alumnae reflect on their experience taking Spanish at Ursuline: