At St. Agatha Catholic School, the Kindergarten through Eighth grade classes participate in Spanish class. Kindergarten through 5th grade have Spanish class once a week while the Middle School (6th through 8th grade) have Spanish twice a week. Spanish class is highly interactive and listening to Spanish as much as possible is highly encouraged outside of the classroom and at home

Overall Student Goals


  • Learn to appreciate Spanish as a world language and as a powerful second language spoken in the US.

  • Focus on reading, listening, speaking and writing as the four main components of Spanish language acquisition 

  • Use technology to communicate and collaborate with multiple audiences both locally and globally

  • Look to incorporate their burgeoning language skills outside of the classroom, and understand why it is important to continue to practice the language even outside of the classroom

  • Work on grammar structures and vocabulary acquisition

Kindergarten through Eighth grade Students Will Learn


  • Useful thematic vocabulary linked to their lives making the transition from English to the target language as relevant as possible for the students. 

  • To understand English/Spanish cognates and to use them as a building block to developing greater understanding of the language

  • To see language and culture as linked

  • To identify ways to use their language skills to help the greater community in line with our school's Catholic values and SLEs

How to practice Spanish during the summer. 

Watch movies you have already seen, but in Spanish with English subtitles. Try to identify the words. 

Set aside five minutes a day to write at least one sentence.

Listen to a podcast in Spanish

For 8th graders taking HS Spanish: Spanish 1 covers:

Grammar to Know

  • Subject Pronouns (yo, tú, él, ella, usted, nosotros, etc.)

  • The present tense of ser (soy, eres, es, etc.)

  • Definite and Indefinite articles (el, la, los, las = the;  un, una, unos, unas = a, some)

  • Adjective agreement (la chica rubia, el chico rubio, las chicas rubias, los chicos rubios)

  • Present Tense of Regular verbs -ar verbs (o, as, a, amos, áis, an) -er verbs (o, es, e, emos, éis, en)

  • The present tense of estar (estoy, estás, estás, etc.) Also note: for how you feel and where you are always use the verb estar. For everything else use ser. Ser vs. Estar

  • The present tense of ir (voy, vas, va, etc.)

  • The informal future (ir + a + infinitive, Yo voy a bailar. = I am going to dance.)

  • Possessive Adjectives (mi/mis, tu/tus, su/sus, etc.)

  • Gustar (me gusta, me gustan, te gusta, te gustan, etc.)

  • Direct Object Pronouns (me, te, lo, los, nos, etc.)

  • The present tense of venir (vengo, vienes, viene, venimos, venís, vienen)

  • The Verb Tener

  • Tener que + infinitive (Tengo que estudiar. = I have to study.)

  • Deber + infinitive (Debo estudiar. = I should study.)

  • The present tense of decir (digo, dices, dice, decimos, decís, dicen)

  • The present tense of querer (quiero, quieres, quiere, queremos, queréis, quieren)

  • Querer + infinitive (Yo quiero celebrar. = I want to celebrate.)

  • Gustaría (Me gustaría comer. = I would like to eat.)

  • Stem-changing verbs in the present tense

  • Asking Questions

Vocabulary to know


At St. Agatha since: 2021