Arco Iris follows the 80/20 model of Spanish Immersion in elementary school. Students learn academic content in Spanish for 80% of the day. The other 20% of the day, the language of instruction is English. In Middle School, Arco Iris follows the 50/50 model. Half of the day Spanish is used as the language of instruction and the other half of the day English is the language of instruction.
Core Characteristics of Bilingual Education
- Additive bilingualism with sustained and enriched instruction through the minority language and the majority language is promoted
- Subject area instruction through the minority language occurs for at least 50% of the school day during the elementary school years
- Teachers are fully proficient in the language(s) they use for instruction
- Support for the majority language is strong and present in the community at large
- Clear and sustained separation of languages during instructional time
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