Immersion

Two Way Language Immersion (English / Spanish)

 

Overview

The multi-award winning SVUSD Two Way Language Immersion Program began in 1991 and is designed to provide English speaking and Spanish Speaking students an exciting, enriching, and challenging educational opportunity for 21st century learning. Students will learn to collaborate, communicate and think critically in all academic content areas in both Spanish and English. By the end of twelfth grade, students will have obtained the bilingual skills and multi-cultural competencies needed to succeed in our global society and economy.

Goals and Benefits

  • Develop high levels of proficiency in English and Spanish.
  • Ensure academic excellence in the two languages as outlined in the Common Core State Standards.
  • Cultivate an understanding and appreciation of other cultures and strengthen positive connections among students, their families, and the greater global community.
  • Develop flexibility in thinking through problem solving, conceptualizing, and reasoning in two languages.
  • Empower parents to actively participate in their child’s education.

Program Model

The Two-Way Language Immersion Program is a challenging and rigorous academic program in which Spanish is used as the primary language of instruction in the younger grades.

The optimal classroom population is half native English-speaking students and half native Spanish-speaking students. SVUSD implements a 90/10 immersion model in which kindergarten and first grade students receive 90% of daily instruction in Spanish and 10% in English. Each year in elementary school, the instruction in Spanish is increased by 10%. By 7th grade, students receive English instruction in 4 classes in addition to Spanish Language Arts and science or history. See below.

Grades Subjects Taught in Spanish
7th Grade at Los Alisos Spanish Language Arts and Science

8th Grade at Los Alisos

Spanish Language Arts and History
9th Grade at LHHS

TWI Spanish 3 and International Relations & Globalization

10th Grade at LHHS

AP Spanish 4 and World History

11th Grade at LHHS

Spanish Literature

12th Grade at LHHS

AP Spanish Literature