South Mecklenburg High School International Language Academy
International Language Academy Magnet Coordinator – Sandra Meyer
International Language Academy Administrative Contact- Kevin Granger
International Language Academy Department Chairperson – Ingrid Bialas Wilson
International Language Academy Overview
In 2009, the Charlotte Mecklenburg School District established an International Language magnet program at South Mecklenburg High School.
There are currently 676 students enrolled in the International Language Academy at South Mecklenburg High School representing approximately 21% of the school’s total enrollment.
The International Language Academy at South Mecklenburg High School offers study in French, German, Japanese, Spanish, and Chinese. In addition, students may elect to take online classes in Arabic, Latin, and Russian or other complimentary classes through North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS) or approved universities offering online classes.
International Language Academy Faculty
There are 18 faculty members specially certified to teach in the South Mecklenburg High School International Language Academy.
International Language Academy Course of Study
The International Language Academy at South Mecklenburg High School is open to any student with a strong interest in world language study as long as the student meets specific district academic requirements.
At the high school level, magnet students are integrated into the comprehensive high school experience by taking companion classes in 9th, l0th, 11th. and 12th grades complimenting the accelerated course of study in honors and Advanced Placement (AP) classes in the target language. Upon graduation, many former immersion students, who have completed the International Language Academy course of study, will have had an average of 12 years of Language study.
Students with a more limited background in a language, or beginning a new language, have the opportunity to advance to, and sometimes exceed, the AP level in most language tracks while completing a seven-course sequence of study. In addition, the pursuit of dual languages taken concurrently, and inclusion of virtual coursework, may also qualify a student for satisfactory completion of the seven-course requirement.
International Language Academy Graduation Requirements
All students must meet the general district graduation requirements. In addition, to successfully graduate from the International Language Academy, a student is required to take seven (7) high school elective courses in the target language and/or other magnet-approved courses. It is expected that students will complete a primary language through at least the first AP course in the sequence, typically Level V.
International Language Academy Extracurricular
World Language extracurricular opportunities are open to all South Mecklenburg students. International Language Academy students are particularly sought out due to those students' strong interest in international cultures and global issues and their advanced language skills.
Opportunities to study abroad are made available to all South Mecklenburg students. Language Academy high school students also have an opportunity to participate in a tutoring and mentoring program for K-8 language academy students within the district.