LHS Announces New Study Abroad Program

posted Apr 28, 2015, 4:35 PM by Hilary Godin   [ updated Apr 28, 2015, 4:38 PM ]

Longmeadow High School students will have the opportunity to study in Barcelona, Spain in July of 2016 due to a new program that has been announced this spring.

The program will run from July 3-24, 2016 and is open to all students in grades 9-12, which will include students in graduating classes 2016-2019. The first of two informational meetings will be held on Wednesday, May 13 at 6:30 pm in the high school cafeteria. The second will be held on Wednesday, June 3, again at 6:30 pm in the cafeteria.

The program was designed over the past 18 months by Mr. Mark Cormier, the chair of the English Department, who partnered with Barcelona Study Abroad Experience, a company with local offices in Northampton.

“We really have nothing like it in our extra-curricular program,” Cormier said. “This was built for Longmeadow students and will offer them an in-depth experience with culture and language.”

In addition to 40 hours of Spanish instruction with a native speaker (for all proficiency levels), students will take courses taught by LHS faculty in areas such as SAT preparation, college essay writing, and learning how to read texts critically.

“The chance to study overseas and take care of practical concerns like test prep or college essays is a great combination,” Cormier said.

As this is a pilot program, students will not be able to earn high school credit for the coursework in which they participate.

Follow the program on Twitter -- @LhsAbroad -- or find more information at the program’s website: