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This study was designed to answer the following questions: What are high school students' motivations for taking more advanced levels of foreign language class? What other forces in their lives influence their decisions? As a Spanish teacher, I am concerned that so few students continue their Spanish studies beyond the minimum two years and therefore do not become proficient in the language. The methods used in my study include a short informal interview and four different online surveys. The participants were discontinued Spanish students and current Spanish I and IV students, their parents, and the high school counselor. The results of this study indicate that students who take only one or two years do so to meet a college recommendation and students who take four years have a desire to communicate in the language. All students demonstrated a positive attitude towards Spanish as did the parents surveyed.