A Message From Dr. Carol Hansen, Superintendent
Last fall, Ocean View School District opened its first Spanish Dual Language Immersion Program at Harbour View Elementary for kindergarten and first grade students to learn English and Spanish and begin their journey to become bilingual, biliterate, and bicultural.
Dual Language Immersion is a unique educational model where children learn to think, read, write and communicate in two languages. Dual language immersion programs are a way for students to learn academic content (math, science, social studies, English) while also learning to speak, read and write in another language.
Our Spanish Dual Language Immersion classrooms contain a mix of students that are English dominant and Spanish dominant. This mix of students provides optimal interaction and learning.
The goals of Ocean View’s Spanish Dual Language Immersion Program are:
- Think, speak, read, and write fluently in English and Spanish
- Achieve academically at or above grade level in English and Spanish
- Develop and cultivate an understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures
- Acquire a sense of respect and responsibility for each other, the school, community, our country, and the world
Research shows that dual language immersion students outperform their peers in English-only programs. Students in dual immersion programs have high levels of self-esteem, high academic competence, and motivation. In addition, students will be better prepared for the global job market where a second language gives them a competitive edge.
Our Spanish Dual Language Immersion teachers are nothing short of amazing and, despite the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has posed, they have been able to effectively teach both languages in-person and virtually. The Dual Language Immersion program is getting a big thumbs-up from parents and students alike!