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 eighth-grade students have access to over 25 languages through our Rosetta Stone independent study program, which is typically completed at home at a child’s individual pace. Fourth through sixth-grade students may also choose Spanish as an elective, in addition to utilizing the Rosetta Stone 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.
Middle school students are further involved in formal Spanish classes lead by one of our Spanish immersion teachers. This is a preparatory class where the text and expectations of the course are in alignment with a high school Spanish class.