The largest country in western Europe as well as in the European Union, France is home to over 66 million inhabitants, making French one of the most common languages used in Europe. Growing in influence throughout the Middle Ages and achieving a level of prestige unmatched in the 19th Century, France remains a powerful country in the areas of philosophy, science, politics, and military strength. Today, France maintains a high standard of living, enjoying outstanding levels of education, health care, life expectancy, civil liberties, and human development.
The French language remains in wide usage throughout the world in areas ranging from diplomacy to science to literature. In all French courses, students are provided quality instruction of the French language as well as the culture of those who speak it.
The Linden Public Schools provide a course of study in French beginning in the sixth grade. In both middle schools, French is offered both as single-marking period courses as well as for full-year study. At Linden High School, French is provided to all levels ranging from a beginning level up to and including Honors French V. As an option, a course in International Baccalaureate French may be chosen by students in the International Baccalaureate program.