SDFAS is now truly multilingual. The school is proud to announce the expansion of its third-language Spanish acquisition program to all grades PK-8 starting 2021-22. Students will develop language skills and cultural competencies in a language spoken by nearly 500 million native speakers around the world.
PreSchool: ‘FLEX-Immersion’ (SDFAS design). Foreign language exposure classes in a playful hands-on immersion setting conducted in Spanish by a qualified native-speaking teacher. Duration: Approx. 40 to 60 minutes per week.
Kindergarten to 5th grade: Foreign Language in Elementary School (FLES). In grades K-2 the primary focus is on the development of listening and speaking skills, and cultural awareness. In upper elementary grades 3-5 formal grammar study begins and supports the development of language proficiency and cultural knowledge. Duration: Approx. 60 to 100 minutes per week.
Middle School (grades 6-8): Curriculum equivalent to Spanish II in high school. With a strong elementary school foundation, students will raise their level of Spanish proficiency in middle school by taking on more advanced grammar and vocabulary topics. Coursework will integrate level-appropriate literature, current events, and cultural practices from around the Spanish-speaking world. Duration: Approx. 100 minutes per week (minimum)
Spanish Speakers Program in grades 3 – 8. Students in the hispanohablantes program attend regular Spanish classes with all of the other students in their grade. Within the same program, they benefit from an extra period each week that is specifically designed for them. There are only two hispanohablante classes each year, one cross-age student group in grades 3-5 mixed, and one for students in grades 6-8 mixed.
Spanish Principiantes / Apoyo adicional Program in Grades 3 – 8. This additional class period per week is designed to support students with very little or no prior knowledge of Spanish. Focusing on foundational skills and targeted catch-up, the goal is to help students transition comfortably to the regular curriculum. This course also supports any student who might benefit from review, reteaching or additional practice. As with the hispanohablantes program, there are only two principiante/apoyo adicional classes each year, one cross-age student group in grades 3-5 mixed, and one for students in grades 6-8 mixed.
Congratulations to all of our Kindergarteners who graduated on campus today. Adhering strictly to Covid protocols, SDFAS held a ceremony to applaud and celebrate the children’s achievements. Check out the drone shot of the event setup!
The color yellow has never been on so many people’s lips in San Diego. Effective Wednesday, San Diego County crossed into the “yellow tier” as part of California’s plan for safely reopening counties during the coronavirus pandemic. Head of School, Mark Rosenblum got into the spirit and offered teachers and staff all things yellow for the weekend!
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