Pius XI offers an exceptional educational experience grounded in four core pillars of excellence

• Living the Faith
• College-Ready Academics
• Renowned Arts Program
• Winning Athletics

Award-winning faculty are scholars in their own right and committed to student success

• 100+ courses
• 12 Advanced Placement classes
• Customized Tailored Curriculum
• Engage students in intellectual dialogue
• Cultivating lifelong learning

Pius XI is a warm and welcoming community of global learners

• Diverse, International Community
• Broad World Perspective
• Academic Prowess
• Respect and Dignity of Others
• Deep Appreciation of Peers

Upon graduation, our students are prepared with life skills to succeed

• 93% of Pius XI graduates continue their education at a four-year university or college
• After attaining a Bachelors degree, 32% of grads will pursue an advanced degree
• Pius XI grads have been chosen by every Ivy League and Big 10 School

World Languages

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World Languages Department

Through Pius XI’s World Languages program, students learn to think bi-culturally from both their own perspectives and that of the region being studied.

Students develop language proficiency, cultural knowledge and sensitivity, and a desire to seek first-hand experiences in an effort to become global citizens.

“Expand your horizons by taking advantage of our Traveling Abroad (with homestays) and Class Trips. Both are great ways to practice language skills and experience the cultural differences within our global world.”
Phillip Losey, Department Chair

As nations become increasingly interdependent, the need for effective communication and sensitivity to foreign cultures becomes increasingly important.

Language study opens doors to new cultures, thereby enhancing the student’s education in a multitude of areas – including fine arts, history, geography, gastronomy and sociology.

The World Languages Program is Designed to:

  • Give students the skills for proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing an acquired language.
  • Foster cultural awareness, understanding, and appreciation.
  • Identify connections between the native language and the acquired language with the goal of a deeper understanding of the mechanics of both languages.
  • Be taken all four years for language proficiency.

Program Highlights:

  • 5 levels of Spanish and 4 levels of French offered; 2-year Native Speaker Spanish program.
  • 2 credit graduation requirement in the same language.
  • Incoming freshmen are placed in a language level based on the recommendation of their present language teacher and a placement test.
  • Online offerings via e-Achieve Academy in German, Latin, Mandarin Chinese and AP French.

Benefits at the College/University Level:

  • Retroactive credits – Pius XI graduates have received as many as 16 college credits for their high school study.
  • Our students regularly earn AP credits at the college/university level for a score of 3, 4 or 5 on the AP exam.

For a complete list of courses, access the Pius XI curriculum guide »

World
Languages 
Faculty

Phillip Losey
Phillip LoseyDepartment Chair
MAT, Marquette University, B.A. UW Madison
Jennifer Anthes
Jennifer AnthesWorld Languages Faculty
B.A., UW-Stevens Point
Lucia Bakemeyer
Lucia BakemeyerWorld Languages Faculty
M.A., UW-Madison, B.A., UW-Milwaukee
Shannon King
Shannon KingWorld Languages Faculty
B.A., St. Louis University
Nicole Tridimas
Nicole TridimasWorld Languages Faculty
B.S. Marquette University