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South Mecklenburg
High School
8900 Park Road
Charlotte, NC 28210
Courier #: 535
P: 980-343-3600  |  F: 980-343-3607 
Principal: Dr. Maureen Furr
LC: South Learning Community
Bell Schedule: 7:15 AM - 2:15 PM
Grades: 9-12
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Language Magnet Information

South Mecklenburg High School International Language Academy

Our international language program provides an environment that offers students an opportunity to gain a global perspective and an appreciation of the history, language, and culture of other nations.  With the mission to develop a biliterate and bilingual student, our academy implements an intensive curriculum in the target language that addresses the goals and objectives of the Common Core and NC Essential Standards (formerly known as the North Carolina Standard Course of Study) for each grade level.  The school also provides exposure to special magnet theme-related activities and encourages collaboration between our school and international communities.

Magnet Requirements and Graduation Recognition Requirements

Students in grades 9, 10, and 12 must be enrolled in and pass two (2) world language magnet theme-related courses each year. Students in grade 11 must be enrolled in and pass one (1) world language magnet theme-related course.  In order to receive a language magnet cord at graduation, students must successfully complete this seven (7) course sequence.

Courses that Count as Language Magnet Courses

  • AP World History
  • AP Human Geography
  • AP European History
  • Middle East History
  • Virtual language courses including, but not limited to, Latin, Russian, Arabic (taken concurrently with a language progression as indicated below).

Language Course Study Progression  (French, German, Chinese)*

  • Level I
  • Level II
  • Honors Level III AND Honors Civilization and Culture I
  • Honors Level IV AND Honors Civilization and Culture II
  • AP Language and Culture V
  • Honors Level VI
  • Honors Level VII

Language Course Study Progression  (Spanish)*

  • Level I
  • Level II
  • Honors Level III
  • Honors Level IV AND Honors Spanish Civilization and Culture I
  • AP Spanish Language and Culture V AND Honors Spanish Civilization and Culture II
  • AP Spanish Literature and Culture VI
  • Honors Level VII
  • Honors Level VIII

Language Course Study Progression (Japanese) *

  • Level I
  • Level II
  • Honors Level III
  • Honors Level IV
  • We plan to add additional levels of Japanese when feasible to do so.  

* While students are required to continue with a selected language sequence and are not permitted to switch languages until they complete at least Level V (with the exception of Japanese), selection of other elective courses that are part of the magnet, the pursuit of dual languages taken concurrently, and the inclusion of virtual coursework may also qualify in satisfactory completion of the seven (7) course requirement.

Click here for more information about CMS Magnet programs.

Click here for the SMHS World Language Magnet Profile.

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