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Did you know that children who study a foreign language early on are more likely to perform better on standardized tests as they age? At our Dublin college preparatory school, we recognize the numerous advantages that a student who studies a foreign language has over his or her monolingual counterparts. Let's take a closer look at the benefits of starting foreign language classes at an early age.
Better Pronunciation of Foreign Sounds
One of the greatest benefits of starting foreign language classes very early on is that younger minds are better capable of learning new sounds that are not featured in their native tongues. If you are the parent of a young student, then you will be quickly surprised at your son or daughter's ability to speak with a similar accent and with similar intonation to native speakers of the language they are learning.
Enhanced Cultural Understanding
Another benefit that you will quickly come to appreciate as the parent of a young child in foreign language classes at our Dublin private school is a greater understanding of different cultures and societies. As a child learns a new language, he or she learns about the countries in which that language is spoken and recognizes that not only is the world a big place, but also that communication is an essential component of diverse cultures being able to come together.
Greater Neurological Functioning Later in Life
It comes as a surprise for many to learn that knowing a foreign language or even several foreign languages is a skill that can lower the risk for developing certain neurological disorders later in life. Although your son or daughter may just be knee high to you at this point and new to this great big world, it is always important to consider their health as an adult. Studies show that there are remarkable cognitive benefits to foreign language acquisition early on.
Are you interested in learning more about the many ways that you can improve your child's cognitive skills at an early age? If so, then be sure to contact Quarry Lane School to learn more about our foreign language classes as well as other components of our curriculum. Visit us online or call (925) 394-4644 to speak with one of our admissions counselors today.
Last updated 9 days ago
When it comes to selecting the right Dublin college preparatory school, it's important that you look further than just academics. A great indicator of a school's ability to produce confident and well-rounded students who are ready to take on the future is the presence of multiple clubs and associations. Check out how you can express yourself with the student associations on campus here at Quarry Lane School.
Dive into the Humanities and Social Science
Do topics like politics, international relations, gender studies, and current events peak your interest? If so, then you will be excited to learn that our Dublin high school offers a number of clubs that focus on these specific issues. From our Model UN team to our Gay-Straight Alliance, there is something to fit the particular interests of any student who enjoys both staying “in the know” and making his or her community a better place.
Explore Your Creative Side with Like-Minded Students
We're also proud to offer several unique clubs to those students who enjoy exploring their creative sides. Whether you love to take photographs and think that the yearbook committee could be the perfect fit for you, or you consider yourself to be quite the amateur baker who would simply shine in the Cupcake Contribution Club, you can showcase your talents and learn from other like-minded students in any of our more creative student associations.
Expand Your Cultural Horizons
Finally, in addition to the many academic associations that we have on campus, such as science club and math club, we're also more than excited to invite you to join some of our more culturally enriching clubs. As a member of the Asian Culture Club, Cougars in Action, Spanish Club, or Indian Awareness Club, you will be able to expand your cultural horizons, improve foreign language skills, and even try new foods.
If you're eager to learn more about all of the exciting extracurricular opportunities available here at Quarry Lane School, then be sure to schedule a tour of our Dublin private school today. We offer programs for students of all ages, from preschool to high school. Call (925) 394-4644 to find out how you can enroll your son or daughter in our school today.
Last updated 14 days ago
Researchers, teachers, and many language acquisition experts agree that the best way to increase a child's ability to learn a new language is to expose him or her to that language very early on. As you will hear in this video, there are plenty of simple yet effective strategies that you can implement as a parent in fostering a young child's foreign language skills. These tactics include listening to foreign music or changing DVD settings to a different language, buying non-English books, and interacting with speakers of the language your child is trying to learn.
All of the simple steps outlined in this video can be incorporated into your family's everyday routine when your child is as young as two or three years old. The key to getting him or her to soak up the new language is to make learning it a fun process.
Here at Quarry Lane School, we offer foreign language classes from a very early age. To find out more about our curriculum and how we can help your children reach their academic potential, call (925) 394-4644.
Last updated 22 days ago
Earlier this year, we looked at how extracurricular activities can help you improve your academic record. For high school students who are preparing for college, participating in extracurricular activities can be especially helpful in enhancing a college admission profile. However, simply signing up for as many clubs as possible is not the way to go.
Here are some tips to keep in mind when managing your extracurricular activities in high school:
Quality matters more than quantity. There is a widespread misconception that college admissions officers are concerned only with finding “well-rounded” applicants. All too often, this leads students to volunteer for a dizzying number of extracurricular activities while failing to commit a significant amount of time and energy to any of them. It’s better to pick a few activities that you truly care about and commit to them.
Look for activities that reflect your personality. When choosing extracurricular activities to become involved in, your first priority shouldn’t be finding something you think you will look impressive on an application, but finding something that interests and engages you. Whether it is volunteering at a soup kitchen, joining your high school debate team, or working on your high school newspaper, the extracurricular activities you pursue should reflect your own personality and your personal priorities.
Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself. While every extracurricular activity you choose should be something you believe you can do, it’s also important to try to stretch yourself and try new things. If none of your activities involve outdoor time, consider taking up a sport or volunteering for community service. Admissions officers are looking for applicants who are fully engaged with the world around them, and who are eager to take on new challenges.
If you’re searching for a dynamic private school environment that offers a wide range of student activities, look no further than The Quarry Lane School. Our high school students have access to incredible travel opportunities, student clubs, enrichment activities, and fun social events such as movie nights, skating nights, and class competitions—to name just a few! Browse our website to view a comprehensive listing of high school student activities or call (925) 394-4644 to speak with a friendly representative.
Last updated 1 month ago
The library is a cornerstone of any school. At Quarry Lane School, we’ve gone the extra mile to ensure our college preparatory students have all the resources they need to succeed at their fingertips. Students can develop a lifelong love of reading as they browse through our extensive collection, which includes more than 12,500 books. Each day, we add more fiction and non-fiction titles to our collection. Additionally, our students have access to a wealth of online resources to conduct research.
Our Upper School Library is located on the Dublin campus of our private school. Each day of the school week, our library is open until 5 p.m., giving students plenty of time to pursue their own interests and complete their classwork. Students in grades four through 12 are welcome to use our Upper School Library. We also invite candidates for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma to make use of our collection while they work on their Extended Essays.
Parents in Dublin and Pleasanton who wish to learn more about the library, curriculum, enrichment activities, or resources of Quarry Lane School are invited to browse our website. You can also call us at (925) 394-4644 to discuss admissions.