Episcopal is now granting credit for language proficiency for the first time this year.Taking advantage of the expanded options for granting credit given by the state of Louisiana, incoming students who have studied a world language can now demonstrate proficiency in that language by taking the ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) test. This nationally recognized test, developed by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), assesses language proficiency in multiple modes of communication: interpersonal listening and speaking, presentational writing, interpretive reading, and interpretive listening (see ACTFL’s description of the AAPPL test for more information). Students with qualifying scores in all of these modes of communication can now earn language credit to count toward their graduation requirements. This is particularly helpful to students who come to Episcopal with language proficiency that is not reflected on their transcript. Administration of this test is part of the continued development of our Global Studies Program, which promotes both language proficiency and cultural literacy in our students.
To read more about Episcopal’s Global Studies program, click here.
Dr. Sara Fenske
Dr. Sara Fenske pursued a career in education because of her love of science and desire to share that passion with others. Knowing the impact a great education can have, Sara chose to focus on teaching and curriculum design, with a focus on continuous improvement. Dr. Fenske joined Episcopal as a member of the science faculty and the Academic Programs Special Projects Manager. In 2018 she transitioned into the role of Dean of Academics. In this new position, Dr. Fenske works collaboratively with the Head of School, division heads, department chairs and faculty members to ensure Episcopal’s continued strong and relevant academic performance. Prior to joining Episcopal, she was the Science Department Chair and taught at Linden Hall in Pennsylvania. She has a Bachelor of Science in cell and molecular biology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a PhD in biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts.