Schools in many parts of the United States are increasingly offering dual language programs. The most common type of dual language programs is the two-way approach, also known as “TWBI” (two-way bilingual immersion). In TWBI programs some of the children are native speakers (in the target language), some are bilingual, and some come from English-only homes. Some programs teach in English for half the day and the other half in the target language (this is called the 50/50 model). Other programs are almost entirely in the target language in kindergarten and first grade (this is called the 90/10 model). The goal is to have all children test at grade level in both languages by fourth grade.
Although there are many language combinations, the English/Spanish pair is currently the most popular in our area. You can click here to see a list of Spanish TWBI elementary schools in the South Bay.
Pasitos is an eco-friendly, bilingual community based on learning and fun. Through a play based Reggio inspired curriculum, children gain the necessary literacy skills to make them successful in both Spanish and English. At the same time, they build social and emotional skills in working with peers and the maestras. Together these skills help open their minds and language capabilities. Teachers interact with the children to build strong academics and positive social skills.