World Languages at DMPS
Learning a world language serves to help our students understand and speak a new language with connections to our own, urge us to know others in our community and our world through a common language, and appreciate how different, yet how very similar, all human beings are.
Seal of Biliteracy at DMPS
Des Moines Public Schools participates in the State of Iowa's Seal of Biliteracy. DMPS is committed to serving students from a multitude of linguistic backgrounds. The World Language department is committed to fostering a student's growth in an additional language and preserving the home language. Languages are much more than an academic content area and employability asset. Languages are part of a culture, a community, and personal identity.
DMPS World Language department offers courses in Spanish, Spanish as a heritage language, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, and Arabic. Students are encouraged to sign-up for any world language course and take four consecutive years. Students can earn college credit through AP exams in all of these languages.
The Seal of Biliteracy is an award available to all students, enrolled in a DMPS world language course or not. Students may prove proficiency in any language, including ASL, with a recognized test. Testing dates are available to all DMPS offered languages and more.
The Intent to Participate form in located here and is free of charge to all DMPS students. Families may be responsible for testing fees. Students may qualify for the Seal any time in their high school career and will earn the Seal at graduation.