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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are just a few questions and answers we receive from prospective families like you who aren't familiar with our school. Of course, we are happy to dive deeper into any other questions you may have as you are considering Magellan. Just reach out to one of our Admissions team members.

List of 8 frequently asked questions.

  • What is an immersion school?

    A true immersion school, Magellan students learn in Spanish from native speakers from more than a dozen countries across the globe. Students spend on average 70% of the school day learning in Spanish. Through this immersive experience, our students typically become fully bi-literate. In addition to Spanish, conversational Mandarin is added beginning in third grade.

    Percent of day learning in Spanish
    • Preschoolers: 80%
    • Grades K-5: 70%
    • Middle School: 50%
  • Does my child need to know Spanish to attend Magellan?

    Students entering preschool - second grade do not need to have a background in Spanish to attend. Additionally, non-Spanish speaking students entering sixth grade or ninth grade can join Magellan through our flexible English language program.

    The majority of our families primarily speak English at home.
  • How is the International Baccalaureate framework different from other curriculum?

    The International Baccalaureate (IB) is an educational framework that aims to develop internationally-minded, compassionate and lifelong learners who can contribute positively to a rapidly changing world.

    IB teaching emphasizes student-centered, inquiry-based learning that encourages student agency rather than relying heavily on lectures, textbooks, exams, and homework. You will see our students up and moving about, putting their knowledge into action rather than sitting at desks all day. Their work is evaluated on their understanding and application of knowledge, as well as the development of critical thinking, creativity, and communication skills, not just rote memorization.

    Another important distinction of an IB education is the emphasis on the development of international-mindedness, intercultural understanding, and a global perspective. Students are encouraged to learn about different cultures, languages, and perspectives, and to engage in community service and other activities that promote global awareness. 
  • Does Magellan have a religious affiliation?

    No. Magellan is completely secular and welcomes students of all or no religious affiliation.
  • Does Magellan have before and after school care/programs?

    Yes. Early drop off is available every day and after school care and enrichment programs are available until 6 PM each with an associated fee.

    Daily Schedule

    • Preschool - 8:30 AM to 3 PM
    • Primary School - 8:10 AM to 3:20 PM
    • Middle School - 8:45 AM to 4 PM
  • Does Magellan provide student lunch?

    Yes. You may sign your child up for the optional paid  lunch program. We strive to partner with lunch providers that offer flexible, healthy, and tasty choices that students will love and parents can feel good about. Of course, students may also bring their own lunches.
  • What is the dress code at Magellan?

    Our students wear uniforms daily with the exception of free dress and spirit days throughout the year. Students can wear the comfortable, closed-toed shoes of their choosing - most wear sneakers. Additionally, throughout the year our Parent Association holds uniform resales as a convenient, affordable, and green option to purchase uniforms as your student grows.
  • What does your calendar look like?

    Magellan has four, week-long breaks each year including Fall Break which takes place in October. We are also closed for most national holidays. On some holidays and during Fall and Spring Break we offer camps for families who need care during this time. Our Admissions team would be happy to provide you will more details on the full calendar.