The World Language Program at Cary Academy is designed to help students build communication skills in a new language (French, German, Mandarin or Spanish), while at the same time developing an understanding of and appreciation for the cultures surrounding that language. Students begin the study of a world language in the Middle School and continue their studies in the Upper School (for at least three years), leading to an advanced level of proficiency. It is the belief of the department that students best learn a world language in context, immersed in the target language. Classes are interactive and communicative, and course content is relevant to teenagers. Course titles in the World Language Department reflect the ACTFL Proficiency Guideline level that students are working at or toward in the course.
A highlight of the department curriculum is the World Language Exchange Program. This experience greatly enhances students' cultural understanding and improves their language proficiency.