RCS District Office
P.O. Box 100
15 Mountain Road
Ravena, NY 12143
(518) 756-5200
Robert K. Libby,

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The Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk LOTE Department provides students with instruction to increase their knowledge and appreciation of the diverse cultures of countries whose languages they are learning. They will develop a greater proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing at each level of the language.


Mission Statement

Countries in the world have become more and more interdependent, and new technologies have erased many existing borders. Foreign Language instruction is more important than ever for our students and for linking them with the rest of the world in order to be able to function in today’s continually shrinking world. With continued advancement in technology, international travel, telecommunications and trade; it is essential for our students to be culturally educated and capable of participating in a global society.


New York State mandates that all students earn at least one unit of credit in a Language Other Than English (Foreign Language). Passing the LOTE course and the New York State Proficiency exam or an approved school final exam at the end of 8th grade awards the mandatory unit of credit toward a high school diploma. Those students who do not pass the New York State Proficiency exam at the end of 8th grade must pass a high school course in order to earn the mandatory one unit of credit. In order to receive a Regents Diploma with Advanced Distinction with the Foreign Language component requires the successful completion of the LOTE sequence (Spanish/French 3) and passing the New York State Regents exam or an approved school final exam at the end of 10th grade.

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Languages Other Than English

Sharon Muth, curriculum content specialist

2025 Route 9 W
Ravena, NY 12143
(518) 756-5200, ext. 2523


Teaching Staff

High School

Carolyn Filson - french


Middle School

Top Ten Reasons to Study a Language Other Than English



Flowchart of LOTE courses [pdf]

New York State Learning Standards by Subject