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AN IMMERSIVE ENVIRONMENT

Our students develop both oral and cognitive academic language in both English and Spanish while mastering grade-level knowledge and skills across all elementary content areas.

An Immersive Environment

Early exposure to two languages enhances problem-solving, reasoning, and communication skills, leading to elevated levels of academic and cognitive functioning. Research also shows that bilingual children have an easier time developing strong thinking skills, understanding math concepts and problems, increasing reading comprehension, and achieving higher levels of social-emotional competencies.

Dual-language immersion programs, are not designed to replace English with another language but to provide students with the opportunity to acquire a second language while maintaining their first language. In fact, research has shown that fully-implemented programs can create higher levels of bilingualism, and English learners in these models have been shown to score as well as or better than their peers in other programs on English tests. We believe that our approach prepares our students for a lifetime of success and opens doors to new opportunities for them.

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Immersion Trajectory

Our students begin their Spanish immersion experience in our preschool and kindergarten classes, where they are immersed in the language from the start. As they progress through the grades, we gradually introduce more English instruction, with the aim of achieving a balanced 50/50 language proficiency by 5th grade.

Dual Language Benefits

Dual language programs offer numerous benefits, including higher cognitive flexibility, outperforming peers on tests, stronger literacy skills, enhanced social development, improved problem-solving and creativity, and increased career opportunities.

Higher Levels of Cognitive Flexibility

Research has shown that students in dual language programs demonstrate higher levels of cognitive flexibility and a better ability to switch between tasks, which can translate to higher academic achievement in the long run (Genesee et al., 2006). Additionally, dual language programs can lead to improved attention and working memory, which can be beneficial for academic success (Luk & Bialystok, 2013).

Outperform English Only Peers

Studies have found that students in dual language programs typically outperform their peers in traditional English-only programs on standardized tests (Thomas & Collier, 2012). This can be attributed to the fact that dual language students develop stronger literacy skills in both languages, which can lead to higher levels of academic achievement overall (Gándara & Hopkins, 2010).

Enhanced Social Development

Dual language programs have been shown to promote positive cross-cultural attitudes and respect for diversity, which can be valuable skills in today's globalized society (Howard et al., 2003). Additionally, bilingualism has been linked to improved communication skills and enhanced social development, which can lead to better interpersonal relationships and increased success in school and beyond (Bialystok, 2011).

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Strong Literary Skills

Research has shown that students in dual language programs are more likely to graduate from high school and attend college compared to their peers in traditional English-only programs (Lindholm-Leary, 2011). This can be attributed to the fact that dual language students develop strong literacy skills in both languages and are better equipped to navigate and succeed in multicultural environments (García & García, 2012).

Improved Problem Solving & Creativity

Dual language programs have been shown to promote cognitive and linguistic flexibility, which can lead to improved problem-solving skills and creativity (Grosjean, 2010). Additionally, bilingualism has been linked to improved executive functioning and attentional control, which can be beneficial for academic achievement and success in other areas of life (Diamond, 2013).

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Improved Career Opportunities

Bilingualism has been linked to improved career opportunities, with many companies seeking employees who are proficient in multiple languages (Treffers-Daller, 2017). The cognitive benefits of dual immersion programs can also extend into adulthood, with bilingualism being associated with a reduced risk of cognitive decline and dementia in later life (Bak et al., 2014).

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