-- Arlington's very own Claremont Elementary School was recently awarded the prestigious Colegio del Año (School of the Year) for excellence in language education programs by the Embassy of Spain.
-- FLES expands to 4 new Arington Elementary schools this school year. Expansion is part of roadmap to bring proficiency based foreign language education programs to all of Arlington's elementary schools within the next three years!
Arlington FLAGS (Foreign Language Advocacy for Grade Schools) is a group of Arlington county community members working to support and encourage high-quality language learning in the Arlington Public Schools (APS). Arlington FLAGS is committed to improving and expanding foreign language education in Arlington's public elementary schools.
<< All APS students should be proficient in at least two languages upon graduation and should have access to world language proficiency programs regardless of school of attendance. >>
-- Arlington County School Board Value Statement
"You know...I'm serious about this. We should understand that our young people, if you have a foreign language, that is a powerful tool to get a job. You are so much more employable. You can be part of international business. So we should be emphasizing foreign languages in our schools from an early age, because children will actually learn a foreign language easier when they're 5, or 6, or 7 than when they're 46, like me. "
-- President Barack Obama
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"Let's provide our elementary school children with the advantages of learning a second language, by encouraging and incentivizing a foreign language curriculum in all elementary schools."
-- U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida)