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Beginning in Preschool, multilingual skills are developed through 80 percent of instructional time in Spanish and 20 percent in English. By speaking exclusively in Spanish, lead and assistant teachers in each classroom encourage the acquisition of Spanish language comprehension and early language acquisition. Students are encouraged to respond in Spanish when appropriate, but are supported while speaking English. English, physical education and art classes are taught in English throughout the week. Goals for Spanish language learning at the conclusion of Preschool include:

  • Understanding of language spoken by teachers and peers, demonstrating understanding by following three-step verbal instructions.
  • Acquire and use vocabulary of daily routines, people/places/things/actions and common phrases.
  • Experience presenting to groups (peers, teachers and parents) as an individual and as a member of a group.