The World Language Department at Bishop Kearney High School affords the students the opportunity to study four years of Spanish or four years of Italian, including college level courses, taught at BKHS, where students may receive 6 college credits from St. Joseph College which are transferable to many colleges and universities.

For the past 45 years, this department has offered a Travel/Study Program. Students get the opportunity to visit different countries in Europe. They are given assignments to complete before and during the trip and earn ½ BK credit. This opportunity is open to Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors in good academic standing.

As an extra- curricular activity, students are invited to join the ITALIAN CLUB to enhance their Italian language skills and explore the culture of Italy through fun activities and outings.

As an extra-curricular activity, students are invited to join the SPANISH CLUB to enhance their Spanish language skills and explore the cultures of Spain, South America and Central America through fun activities and outings.

The department participates in the Metropolitan Opera Guild and the American Ballet Theater Guild. Our students get the opportunity to see the many wonderful productions at the Metropolitan Opera Guild in Lincoln Center. In the past, our students were taken to see The Barber of Seville, Tristan et Isolde, Madame Butterfly, Il Trovatore, Pelleas et Melisande, Il Pagliaccio/La Cavalleria Rusticana, The Marriage of Figaro, Don Quijote and The Nutcracker.

The students of Spanish participate in the National Spanish Examinations and the students of Italian participate in the National Italian Examinations.

The BKHS students march in the Columbus Day Parade down 5th Avenue in Manhattan.

Our students of Italian have been published Il Giornalino, the Italian Journal sponsored by Queens College’s John D. Calandra Italian American Institute.

In October, the department honors Italian Culture Month and Hispanic Heritage Month with various activities and presentations to show our pride.