Nestor Language Academy Charter School celebrated 20 Years of Excellence of their Dual Immersion Program this past school year. This county’s oldest two-way immersion experience has been recognized as a model program for successfully teaching a second language.
Students spend their youngest years at the school receiving most of their instruction in Spanish, including math, reading, writing, music, and even the cafeteria menu for the day. Because of this, native Spanish speakers learn the formal basics of their native language and are able to strengthen writing, speaking, and reading abilities. The English speaking students also have an enriching opportunity to speak conversationally and immerse themselves in the Spanish language by learning alongside the native Spanish speaking students. By the 5th grade, students reach bilingual status and English instruction is 50 percent of the typical school day.
In a world that is quickly becoming more global, bilingualism is a highly coveted skill that can change the professional future of aspiring students. Education departments across the state of California have begun to recognize the value in cultivating a native Spanish speaking student’s abilities, implementing dual immersion programs that mimic Nestor Language Academy Charter’s curriculum.
About the South Bay Union School District:
The South Bay Union School District proudly serves over 7,500 students in Imperial Beach, San Ysidro, and south San Diego. The District is comprised of twelve campuses, including nine K-6 schools, two K-8 charter schools, and one Preschool. South Bay offers several specialized programs including Dual Language, Instrumental Music, Visual and Performing Arts, and a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) Academy.
Company Name: South Bay Union School District
Contact Person: Amy Cooper
Phone: (619) 628-1605
Address:601 Elm Avenue
City: Imperial Beach
Country: United States