MBMS Dual Language Program

Students in Meadowbrook’s dual language program have the unique opportunity to practice Spanish every day in an encouraging and welcoming environment. Our Dual Language Program students develop into reflective and culturally sensitive citizens who can read, write and speak fluently in two languages. Their language skills and expanded worldview prepare them with the skills necessary to be successful in the 21st century.

 

What are the benefits of Dual Language?

  • Students develop high levels of literacy in Spanish and English.
  • Students in dual language programs perform at or above grade level than students in English-only classes.
  • English learners in dual language immersion programs make better progress in acquiring full proficiency in English than students in traditional English language development program models.
  • Classrooms bring together students from different language, racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds, where students learn firsthand about cultures that are different from their own.

 

Who can join?

Any student who can speak, read, and write in Spanish can join the dual language program. Specifically:

  • English learners who speak Spanish
  • Students who speak English and Spanish
  • Valley Elementary Dual Immersion students who would like to continue their Dual Language training
  • Any students wishing to join the MBMS program who have not previously been enrolled in a Dual Language program will take a short assessment.

 

What classes will students take?

Students in the dual language program will take Social Studies in Spanish. This replaces their traditional social studies class. Students follow the same content standards as other social studies classes, accompanied by a focus on Spanish language development.

 

Students are encouraged to also sign up for the Intensive Spanish Program as their elective to enhance their Spanish language development.   

 

How to join the MBMS program

Students currently enrolled in a Dual Language program will automatically continue in the program.  If you would like to join the Dual Language program for the first time, please express your interest on the annual registration form or contact MBMS Assistant Principal Alicia Pentz-Lopez at apentzlopez@powayusd.com for more information.

 

Staff Contacts

Rebecca Novick - Dual language teacher

Rom├ín Delgado - Dual language teacher

Susan Manly - Intensive Spanish teacher

Lea Garza - School Counselor

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