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Dual Language Program



What is a Dual language immersion Program?


Language immersion programs are exciting options for parents who want their children to have the advantages of a rigorous academic program while also learning two languages — English and a target language, in our case Spanish. Spanish is not a subject; Spanish is the language in which instruction is delivered.

Polenta's dual language program starts at kindergarten and continues through fifth grade. Not only will children be proficient in Spanish at the end of elementary school, they will also be fully prepared to succeed in a traditional non-immersion classroom. Researchers have demonstrated that there are cognitive advantages of bilingualism, particularly on tasks measuring cognitive flexibility and selective attention.

Your child will receive a complete academic foundation grounded in instructional excellence along with learning another language.

• All dual language students will be taught the same state-approved standards as other schools.

• The curriculum will prepare students to achieve and to perform well on state assessments, which are administered in English.


Advantages as an immersion student


Bilingual and biliterate: Dual language students achieve high proficiency in the immersion language.

Increased cultural sensitivity: Dual language students are more aware of and show more positive attitudes towards other cultures and other people.

Enhanced cognitive skills: Dual language students typically develop greater cognitive flexibility, showing increased memory, superior problem-solving skills and better attention control as well as an enhanced understanding of their primary language.

Improved self-esteem: Being able to communicate and excel academically in two languages gives dual language students greater self-esteem and sense of accomplishment.

Proven performance on standardized tests: Dual language students show great gains and increased performance on standardized tests in reading and math.

Preparation for a global society and marketplace: Dual language students are better prepared for the global community and job markets where 21st century skills are an asset.



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Our Dual Language Teachers:

Francia Giraldo: Kindergarten Spanish Teacher

Julio Bedoya: Kindergarten Spanish Teacher

Deyanira Chica: First Grade Spanish Teacher/ Country: Cali, Colombia

Marta Chaves: First Grade Spanish Teacher

Yuliana Barragan: Second Grade Spanish Teacher/ Country: Colombia

Humberto Juarez: Third Grade Spanish Teacher/ Country: Corozal, Belize

Sandra Mejia: Fourth Grade Spanish Teacher/ Country: Bogota, Colombia

Jefferson Mosquera: Fifth Grade Spanish Teacher/ Country: Granada Meta, Colombia.



Dual Language Program