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SPICE

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SPICE stands for Spanish Immersion Cultural Education. 

The Dual Immersion program at Markham Elementary, SPICE (Spanish/English Peer Immersion and Cultural Education), offers children an exciting opportunity to learn to read, write and communicate naturally in two languages, English and Spanish. Dual Immersion is an 80/20 model standards based educational program. This program provides a sound basis for academic excellence for all students.

Program Model - 80/20

Language of

K

1

 2

3

4

 5

 6

 Spanish

80%

80%

70%

60%

60%

50%

50%

 English

20%

20%

30%

40%

40%

50%

50%

 

Curriculum:

The curriculum taught is aligned with the Common Core State Standards in Language Arts, Mathematics, and all other subjects.

 

Dual Immersion Philosophy:

  • Language learning is natural for young children
  • Language learning challenges mental development
  • Language learning prepares students for diversity

The Dual Immersion program combines students from two language groups and teaches them in both of their languages. The program includes balanced numbers of English, Spanish and Bilingual speaking students.

At first, students are taught most the day in Spanish. Gradually, the language of instruction shifts until by the 5th grade, 50% of the day is in Spanish and 50% of the day is in English. Throughout, students help each other to speak, read, write and understand one other's language.

 

Program Goals:

  • Students will gain proficiency in both Spanish and English
  • Academic achievement in Spanish and English
  • Positive self-esteem, cultural awareness and sensitivity

Benefits:

  • Bilingual Enrichment Program
  • Students gain a new language
  • High Academic Achievement
  • Critical & creative thinking promoted

 

Who can participate?

Any kindergarten student can participate. Classes are balanced among the language groups.

There is no specific criterion, but rather parents choose to enroll their child in the Dual Immersion Program, committing to a period of seven years (K-6).

Usually, children enter the Dual Immersion Program at kindergarten. Sometimes students choose and qualify to enter at later grade levels. Please contact the office to make an appointment if your child is older than kindergarten age and you are interested in SPICE.

 

The information on this page was adapted form Foothill Elementary School in Pittsburg, CA.

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