Why learn Spanish?

  • Virginia-Highland Elementary is dedicated to providing our students opportunities to learn about other cultures through language exposure. At VHE, we offer Spanish to 4th & 5th grade students.  This supports our feeder middle school, Howard Middle School, as students transition into 6th grade. 

    Why is it important to learn Spanish?

    • There are over 400 million Spanish speakers world-wide.
    • With more than 33 million speakers, Spanish is the second largest language in the United States.
    • Hispanics are the largest minority in the United States, with the majority of them being Spanish speakers.
    • By learning Spanish, students will better be able to communicate with Spanish speakers.
    • Latin American countries are our most important trading partners.
    • Being able to speak Spanish greatly enhances your resume.
    • One can travel to a Spanish-speaking country and really get to know the culture.
    • As we grow older, our memory begins to fade. Learning a world language actually helps keep student’s memory sharp.