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Two Way Bilingual Immersion Academy

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The Two-Way Bilingual Immersion (TWBI) Academy is a bilingual program offered to both Spanish-speaking and English-speaking students in which the students learn how to read, write, and speak in both English and Spanish.

Emphasis on Spanish instruction in the early grades allows English-speaking students ample exposure to the target language-Spanish. English reading is introduced in Grade 3. Spanish-speakers have the opportunity to expand their vocabulary and build a strong base in their first language, enabling them to be more successful as they begin to acquire English orally, and later as they transfer reading and writing skills into English.

The following chart illustrates the percentages of Spanish/English instructional time at each grade level:

Grade Level Spanish Percentage English Percentage
Kindergarten 90 % 10%
1st Grade 80% 20%
2nd Grade 70% 30%
3rd Grade 60% 40%
4th-6th Grade 50% 50%

 

Upon completion of the 5th grade Two-Way Bilingual Immersion Academy students move on to Hawthorne Middle School where the academy continues for 6th grade and a Spanish for Spanish-speakers elective is available.