High School

1302 North Street
Olympia, WA 98501
Phone: (360) 596-7000
Attendance: (360) 596-7003
Fax: (360) 596-7001


Foreign Language Department

Incoming 9th graders who wish to enroll in level 2 of a Foreign Language must first complete an online self-assessment.  This survey will help you determine your readiness for level 2.  Click here to access the survey.



Beginning in September, 2016 all Foreign Language classes will be using interactive notebooks.  Required supplies include a bound, 100 sheet (200 pages) college-ruled composition notebook.  These notebooks can be purchased at most variety stores or online.  This year the Olympia Education Foundation has donated funds to defray the cost of these notebooks for students who experience financial hardship.  Just let your teacher know, and she can get you a notebook at no cost.  


Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own.

-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Wouldn't it be great if you could...

...make friends from around the world?

...talk to online buddies in their own language?

...help someone understand directions, get medical help or find something they're looking for?

...better understand English grammar?

...experience another culture without ever leaving home?

...talk with other people your own age when you do travel?

...do better academically in all your classes?

OHS Foreign Language classes can help you do all this and more!

OHS Foreign Language Department’s Phenomenal Five:

We, as a department, operate on the following principles:

  • We emphasize conversation, exchange of information, the expression of feelings and emotions and the exchange of opinions.
  • We foster an appreciation and understanding of other cultures.
  • We encourage students to discover connections with their learning throughout other disciplines.
  • We facilitate the development of knowledge and understanding of the nature of language and culture.
  • We strive to help our students recognize the value of language studies to their personal, professional and social interactions.


Start talking!  Click here to practice basic vocabulary in many languages! 

You might find that studying Spanish, Japanese, German, French or Latin is a little different than studying other subjects.  Check out the links below for tips on how to study a foreign language:

How to Study a Foreign Language

How to Study!

Online Study Tools


Live Mocha


Foreign Language Requirements at Selected Universities in Washington