Spanish Immersion

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The International School opened its doors in 1990 with the Spanish Track. Our teachers come from Spanish-speaking countries all over the world, bringing not only a language, but also customs, traditions, and unique ways of thinking and teaching. The warmth in the Spanish Track classes seems to spill out the classroom doors. The children use this energy to study a rigorous International Baccalaureate curriculum, all taught in Spanish and in the context of their teachers’ cultures.

The Spanish Track program culminates with a fifth grade Capstone trip to a sister school in a Spanish speaking country. There, the children see that their Spanish language and cultural skills can truly open doors for them across the world.

The added beauty of The International School is that the children are also exposed to the Chinese and Japanese languages and cultures. As a result, our students develop an innate appreciation for diversity in people and thought.

5th Grade Capstone Trip to Mexico

TIS 5th grade students created a magazine about their Capstone trip to Mexico. Click here to check it out!

Click here for more information about 5th grade Capstone trips.

“International Spanish Academy”

Since November 2006, TIS has been an “International Spanish Academy (ISA),” part of an international cooperative educational project between American schools and the Ministry of Education and Science of Spain.

“The International School was selected because of its excellence in the teaching of the Spanish Language and Culture,” Maria del Mar Torres Ruiz, Education Attaché in the Education Office of the Consulate General of Spain said at the announcement. “The International School is the only private school to have reached the status of ISA.”

As an ISA, The International School has access to resources such as language and culture assistants, school exchanges, materials and teaching resources, scholarships for summer institutes, visiting teaching specialists, and professional development for teachers. In addition, TIS participates in the North American network of ISAs and has connections to other Spanish and international organizations devoted to the promotion of the Spanish language and culture.

International Spanish Academies must:

  1. Provide over fifty percent of instruction in Spanish, with reading, writing, math, science, language arts and social studies taught in Spanish;
  2. Guarantee that students will attain oral and written competence in Spanish and English for both academic purposes and interpersonal communication;
  3. Provide instruction in Spanish language communication, cultures of Spanish-speaking nations, and comparisons of languages and cultures;
  4. Foster the use of the Spanish language both within and outside the school environment.

“Children become fluent in language and culture when they are fully immersed with all subjects taught in the target language,” said TIS Principal Maria Abad. “The Spanish government’s recognition of our full immersion approach brings even more resources to the children and teachers.”

The ISA program was formed by the Spanish government to develop quality Spanish-English education which will promote high academic standards for all students. The program’s goals include providing students with the values of multicultural education and fostering international relations and the understanding between cultures.