Spanish Immersion is an optional program. From age 3 to grade 3, all of the lessons are given in English and in Spanish. Beginning in lower elementary, student responses are given in Spanish. One support teacher speaks only Spanish to the students, effectively immersing them in the language. All students acquire the fundamentals of grammar, vocabulary, reading and writing via conversational Spanish and Montessori materials. Test scores consistently rival native speakers’ reading abilities. Every year, a “Fiesta” (party) is held by the Spanish Immersion classrooms to celebrate the art and food of Spanish speaking countries.
- Grades 1 - 3
Each student receives instruction from a Spanish speaking teacher while working in small groups. Students are exposed to listening, speaking and reading Spanish on a regular basis.
- Grades 4 - 8
Students in grades 4-8 are taught Spanish from our native speaking Spanish teachers, who use a variety of speaking and writing techniques to make the second language come to life. Interactive speaking activities and simulated real-life conversations engage students in utilizing their ever expanding language skills.