Frequently Asked Question
Spanish Dual Language Program
FAQ: Why Spanish?
• According the US State Department Spanish is considered a critical language to the future security and economic strength of the USA (US State Dept.)
• The U.S. Census Bureau states, Latinos are the nation’s largest minority group.
• The ability to speak a second language provides individuals the work skills required for competition in a global society.
FAQ: What does the research show about the benefits of language learning?
FAQ: How is the Spanish Program funded?
Partial Immersion or Dual Immersion structures are considered cost neutral once they get started. It is simply a staffing change, but not a budget change. Instead of investing in materials in English, Spanish educational materials are substituted.
FAQ: Where does the Spanish teacher come from?
We seek Spanish teachers with a superior or professional level expertise in the target language. If a local certified and properly endorsed teacher through the state of Arizona is available, they can be hired.
FAQ: Is the program a 90/10 Program?
No/Yes, Kindergarten starts at approximately 50/50 with the use of the targeted language (spanish) in the classroom. Each year the language use increases in the classroom. The end of second grade is usually when we can expect a 90/10. Third grade and higher will have a 90/10 expectation.
FAQ: What is the curriculum?
The Spanish program follows the new Arizona State Standards for College and Career Readiness and State and District assessments the standard classes use as well as the ACTFL standards in the program for the Spanish component. McGraw Hill is the math curriculum and HMH is the ela curriculum used at San Tan.
FAQ: How much homework is required?
Learners are acquiring two languages and will see more work then the traditional classrooms. San Tan policy for homework is only unfinished classwork can be sent home. Due to the framework of students in the primary grades in the program only having each teacher for a half-day, work can be sent home for additional practice. Students should be able to do it independently.
FAQ: Is my student going to fall behind in English because they are learning Spanish, too?
No, the rigor of the program provides a path to learning two languages while ensuring that Arizona State Standards are covered in English.
FAQ: How many students are in a class?
The program has a maximum of 25 students per section.
FAQ: What if I live outside of the San Tan or HUSD boundary?
The program is a first come, first serve enrollement. Open enrollement is accepted.
FAQ: Is transportation provided?
Transportation is only provided for a student within the approved HUSD San Tan Elementary School boundaries.