Students are enrolled in Spanish, beginning in the first grade. Class instruction is held in the target language. The focus in lower grades is placed on developing oral communication and conversation skills. Songs, stories, games, poems, and props are used to encourage children to participate actively in speaking the language.
T.P.R. (Total Physical Response) Storytelling, a method that permits immediate comprehension of the input as students listen to and mimic the phrases in the target language, is used in grades 1 - 5.
Students enact dialogues and readings, focus on conversational skills and expand their knowledge of Hispanic countries through poetry, songs, and readings.
In middle school, students transition to the more academic style of instruction employed, having gained oral confidence through the lower grades’ Total Physical Response Storytelling (T.P.R.) method of language acquisition.
Classes meet five days out of the six-day cycle, thus allowing more time for individual attention and multiple opportunities for students to participate. This consequently fosters a greater sense of self-confidence in the students’ approach of the language.
After successful completion of eighth grade foreign language, the majority of graduates place into second year high school Spanish or French.