Middle School Curriculum

At the middle school level, HCA students have the choice to take an elective of foreign language in either American Sign Language (ASL) or Spanish. In ASL, the students will begin to learn the basics of signing that will be incorporated into learning several scriptures and songs that will be used in practical application throughout the school year. In Spanish, the course is designed to teach basic vocabulary, phrases and verb conjugation with an emphasis on meaningful communication. For both courses, there is also cultural components that expose the students to either the Spanish-speaking world or the signing community.

High School Curriculum

Spanish I

This course is designed to teach beginning grammar and vocabulary, with an emphasis on meaningful communication. The goal is to provide students with the opportunity to build and lay a foundation in speaking, reading, listening and writing in Spanish.


Spanish II

The Spanish II course is designed to continue building on a strong vocabulary, verb conjugation and basic conversations. There is also a cultural component, which exposes students to the geography and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. The main objective is to provide students with the opportunity to refine and strengthen their skills in speaking, reading, listening and writing in Spanish.


Spanish III

This course is designed to continue building on a strong vocabulary and verb conjugation. The students should be able to hold small conversations and will create more with the language through various projects and interactive activities. The main objective of this course is to provide students with the opportunity to refine and strengthen their skills in speaking, reading, listening and writing in Spanish at a more advanced level.


Spanish IV

Spanish IV looks to continue to build upon the strong vocabulary, verb conjugation rules and grammatical outlines established in the previous courses. There is a greater focus on conversational Spanish, and the students are required to use the Spanish that they know and have learned, consistently throughout the course.


ASL I

This course covers the basics of American Sign Language and is an introduction to making simple conversations with the vocabulary. The students will also take a brief look at he deaf culture.


ASL II

This course builds upon level one by making meaningful use of language in the classroom while focusing more on grammar, vocabulary and sign language structure. The students will also continue with a more in-depth study of the deaf culture.


ASL III

This course builds upon level one and two by making meaningful use of language in the classroom while focusing more on advanced grammar, vocabulary and sign language structure. Students will study the deaf culture deeper and take a further discovery than the previous courses.


ASL IV

In addition to covering similar areas as ASL III, this course offers four additional projects of studying, researching and observing the deaf culture. The students also apply the knowledge they have gained by going into elementary classrooms, and they teach basic ASL to the younger students.