ICS currently offers two separate language programs: Spanish Immersion and Spanish Enhanced.
In K-3rd grades, Spanish Enhanced classrooms and Spanish Immersion classrooms are separate for most of the school day. In 4th-8th grades, students in both programs are blended for homeroom and all non-immersion class periods.
Whichever program your child enters, your student will be successful if you show a genuine interest in what they’re learning and share with them your own willingness to take risks, make mistakes, and try again.
Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, we will offer just one language program for all entering kindergartners. The structure of this program is being determined by a working group. We know that it will contain an intensive Spanish language component, but further details are still being developed. You can read a full Q&A about the process here.
In our Spanish Immersion program, students are taught in Spanish for all core subject areas for about 85% of the school day in grades K-2. Arts/Science classes and English Language Arts classes are taught in English.
Starting in grade 3, the percentage of Spanish Immersion instruction decreases to about 65% because students begin receiving more intensive English Language Arts instruction each day.
In grades 4-5, total Immersion instruction is reduced to 45% of the day and decreases again to 30% in grades 6-8 as students begin taking more intensive math and science courses.
Students who graduate from our Spanish Immersion program can typically test into upper level Spanish courses in high school and are comfortable and confident speaking Spanish fluently in everyday situations.
In our Spanish Enhanced program, students receive 30-45 minutes of Spanish language instruction 4-5 days per week, depending on their grade level. Students who graduate from our Spanish Enhanced program are typically ready to start with Spanish 2 in high school.