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Two-Way Bilingual Immersion 90/10 Model

Wakefield School offers students the unique and exciting opportunity of learning to communicate in two languages, Spanish and English. Our goal is to educate students who are bilingual and biliterate and enable them to meet the challenges of a global society. Students acquire the skills to read, write, speak, listen, and think in two languages.  The development of fluency and literacy in two languages requires several years of continuous participation in the immersion program. Enrollment occurs primarily at the kindergarten level.

In the Wakefield School Two-Way Immersion Program, Spanish is used as the language of instruction throughout the primary grades.  English is introduced gradually into the curriculum.

Grades Kindergarten—2

All subjects are taught in Spanish

  • Kindergarten—10% English instruction
  • First Grade—10% English instruction
  • Second Grade—20% English instruction

Grades 3—4

  • English language arts is formally introduced in third grade
  • Third grade—30% English instruction
  • Fourth grade—40% English instruction

Grades 5—6

  • Instructional time is evenly divided between English and Spanish
  • The two languages are used separately during different periods of instruction