Junction Avenue K-8 School

Dual Immersion Program Overview

Giving Students A Unique Opportunity

Students in Junction Avenue K-8 School’s Two-Way Dual Language Immersion Program have the opportunity to do what few U.S. students do: become bilingual early in their educational careers. Dual immersion students don’t just study a second language; they use it, and it becomes part of them.

To find out more about how our program works, please check out Junction's Dual Immersion Program Overview

Quick Peek

What:  The unique opportunity to acquire two languages while learning the California standards curriculum.

Who:  Students who speak either English or Spanish can participate in this exciting and enriching instruction.

Why:  Because language learning:

  • Is natural for young children
  • Enhances cognitive development
  • Prepares students for diversity in the workplace
  • Is FUN!

How:  Students are immersed 50% of the instructional time in English and 50% in Spanish. Teams consisting of two teachers, an English model and a Spanish model, work with two classes at each grade level to provide a bilingual experience. Classes alternate between the teachers for 50/50 Spanish/English instruction in Math, Social Studies, Science and other content areas. Students help each other to speak, read, write and understand one another's language.

Curriculum

The California State Standards are taught in Spanish and English for all subjects including Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.

50/50 Approach - Two teachers work with the students at each grade, one teaches in the English classroom and the other in the Spanish classroom. Students spend each day split between the English classroom and the Spanish classroom.

Language Arts - Spanish and English literacy is developed throughout the program but taught separately. Strategies for second language learning supports all students to reach biliteracy.

Parent Involvement and Support

Active parent involvement is an important part of our program and your child's overall education.  Some of the ways to be involved with our school is:

  • Parent Center - classes and various resources for families
  • School Site Council
  • Classroom Volunteers
  • PTA

The goals of Dual Immersion can only be achieved over a long-term basis and your family's commitment to the continued participation in our Dual Immersion program will help your child to achieve best possible results.