Language and Literature

The Magellan school places emphasis on both language development and language acquisition and ensures that students acquire a high level of competency in at least one additional language.

The robust Magellan language program enables students to develop their language skills by engaging with a variety of text types from different cultures and different times.  Students develop a metalinguistic awareness, so they are able to analyze texts and replicate styles of writing and speaking.  Students study works of fiction and nonfiction, including print and visual media.


Can a child without Spanish fluency enroll in Middle School at Magellan?

Yes!  Students joining Magellan in Middle School who do not know Spanish will take intensive language instruction through the Spanish for Language Learners Program (SLL) rather than Mandarin.

For students entering middle school with Spanish fluency, Spanish Language, Humanities and the Arts (Visual Art, Drama, Music) are taught in Spanish; while, English, Math, Science, Design and Physical and Health Education classes are taught in English.

For students entering middle school without Spanish fluency, only the Spanish Language class will be taught in Spanish.  All other classes will be taught in English.


Goals for Language Learning at Magellan

For students who have attended Magellan from Primary years through Middle School, our goal for language acquisition at graduation is mastery in two languages (English and Spanish) and basic proficiency in Mandarin.

For students who are new to Magellan in Middle School, our goal is to facilitate their mastery of English and ensure proficiency in at least one other language.