World Languages

Palo Alto currently offers instruction in the following languages: French, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, and American Sign Language. (German is offered at Gunn High School.)

The World Language Department Administrator Liaison is Adam Paulson.  The Instructional Leader (IL) is Carla Guerard.

Students currently enrolled in a middle school in the Palo Alto Unified School District receive their recommendation from their 8th grade World Language teacher, and then should choose accordingly in Infinite Campus.

Placement tests are given only twice a year. Next one will be Spring 2018. Time and Day to be determined.

For information about and to sign up for Placement Tests for students coming from outside of the Palo Alto Unified School District or  from Immersion programs, please go to the following link: World Language Placement Information.



Alvarado, Marina Teacher, Spanish
Badillo Novas, Pilar Teacher, Spanish
Bocksnick, Lisa Department Secretary
Duffy, Kevin Teacher, Spanish
Ezcurra, Jose Teacher, Spanish
Gonzalez, Cristina Teacher, Spanish
Guerard, Carla Teacher, French, TA, Instructional Leader (IL)
Hall, Matt Student Activities Director, Teacher, Japanese
Huang, Chingfen Teacher, Mandarin Chinese
Kamikihara, Teruko Teacher, Japanese
Resinger, Christy Teacher, French, TA
Riordan, Mary Teacher, Spanish
Rivera, Magdalena Teacher, ASL, Living Skills
Vericat, Josep Teacher, Spanish

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