Every student on campus has a consistent exposure to foreign languages from primary students who receive a weekly Spanish class from a native Spanish speaking teacher, to the students enrolled in the Spanish immersion program. The Spanish immersion program offers students age 3 through 3rd grade the opportunity to become bilingual and bi-literate. Throughout the day, children participating in this program acquire linguistic and academic concepts in Spanish, as well as in English. Students learn a second language in a natural manner through classroom conversational situations and academic instruction. The goal of the program is to ensure students are able to listen, speak, read, and write in both English and Spanish. The Spanish immersion program works well within the Montessori framework as many opportunities for hands-on learning and social interaction solidify language acquisition.
All first through fifth-grade students have access to over 25 languages through our Duolingo independent study program, which is typically completed at home at a child’s individual pace. Fourth and fifth-grade students may also choose Spanish as an elective, in addition to utilizing the Duolingo program. It is here that more focus is placed on oration, writing, and conversational Spanish. A native Spanish speaking teacher conducts this elective each Friday.