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    Program Structure

    Our program is a 50/50 model in which the learners are split into two classrooms during the day.  An english teacher and spanish teacher will instruct both groups during the day.  The program will expand to fourth grade in the 2020 school year.  Each additional year we will add a grade until we have a K-6 program.  San Tan Teachers teach AZ World Language Standards using the ACTFL  and AZ State Content Standards with our curriculum.  Click here for additional information on the structure of the program.
    • K-2 will be open for students with no language experience in spanish necessary.  We will look at new second grade students English academic records to determine if placement is appropriate.    Students who will be in 3rd grade or higher will take a school evaluation in Spanish Language Arts to determine placement.  
    • 3rd Grade and higher will be adminstered a screening assessment to determine placement.  
     
    Quote from Principal Mercado
    “It is important for children to learn a second language early in their education because research shows that bilingualism supports higher academic achievement, greater self-efficacy, increased linguistic awareness, higher scores on SAT and ACT, and improved cognitive development and problem solving abilities,” Mr. Mercado said.

    “If your child can speak Spanish fluently, he or she will be more marketable in the future. According to Salary.com, bilingual pay differentials range between 5 percent and 20 percent per hour more than the position’s base rate,” Mr. Mercado said.
      
    Additional Information
     
    San Tan Elementary School is a Lighthouse “Leader in Me School”, where students utilize “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” All students will learn the 7 Habits throughout the year.   Learn more about the Leader in Me in a video posted on the district’s Vimeo site.
     
    Dual Language Immersion Tours

    Tours will begin November 2020. The school calendar will post the tour dates when we get closer to November. 
     
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