Our primary focus is on closing the achievement gap for Spanish-speaking students. Our dual immersion program places them in a situation where they grow academically because content is being delivered in their native language, not a language they're trying to learn. Research shows that they become more fluent in English over time when they learn to read in their primary language first. However, there are several secondary benefits with having a dual immersion program.
- All students in the program become bilingual, bi-literate.
- Research shows that the entire school community benefits when multiple languages and cultural heritages are validated and respected.
- Students who use two languages tend to perform better on executive function tasks and maintain better cognitive functioning with age.