Academics

 
 

The curriculum at the Spanish Infusión School offers children and families a unique approach to education: academic excellence and cross-cultural learning within the framework of the one and only Spanish Infusión program in the Bay Area.

Students at SI are challenged by a rigorous STEAM curriculum, and supported by a highly qualified faculty and a generous student-to-faculty ratio. Our elementary school and middle school both provide a rigorous program of math, science, art, music and humanities. We feature Bridges math in grades K-5 and Singapore math in grades 6-8. Our teachers are committed to helping students succeed in our unique and enriching environment.

While our core academic subjects are taught in English, all daily Spanish language and culture classes are taught entirely in Spanish. Additionally, Spanish is part of students’ everyday school activities and experiences so that Spanish becomes a natural and integral part of every child’s social and cognitive development.

 
 

Spanish Infusión

 
 

Spanish Infusión is different than Spanish immersion. It is not sink or swim. Spanish Infusión surrounds our students with Español language and culture, while they work in English. Lunch and recess time are all in Spanish.

Most of our faculty are native Spanish speakers, and at least one class a day is exclusively in Spanish. All year, students learn the diversity of Latin American culture in art, history, and culture.

By 8th grade the vast majority of our students are conversationally proficient and will test into the advanced levels of High School Spanish. And research suggests that bilingual people score better on tests of reading, verbal fluency and intelligence.

Stages of Spanish Language Learning

In addition to Spanish language throughout the school day, SÍ students engage in the following concrete stages of Spanish language learning:

  • Exposure (kindergarten): Students are exposed to daily 45-minute Spanish classes entirely in the target language and begin to create a solid basis for comprehension, oral expression and sound-letter relationship (alphabet recognition).

  • Foundation (grades 1 and 2): Students continue to engage in daily 45-minute Spanish classes to communicate basic needs and further develop their listening, reading and writing skills.

  • Exploration (grades 3 through 4): Students delve into more systematic daily 60-minute classes to further explore Spanish language and Hispanic cultures as represented around the globe.

  • Production (grades 5 through 8): Students attain language learning with a daily Spanish class followed by electives in the target language (8 hours a week). By the end of 8th grade, the expectation is that students will have made Spanish their own and most likely test into a high level of Spanish, or initiate the study an additional language in preparation for university.