• Student writing in Spanish

    San Tan Elementary School offers a free Spanish Dual Language Program for kindergarten.

    Program Structure
    Learners are split into two classrooms during the day. One group is with the English teacher and the other group is with the Spanish teacher. Mid-day each group switches classrooms. Our model is similar to a 50/50 model. Our Spanish teacher is highly qualified to teach Kindergarten and has a bilingual certification.

    Quotes from Mr. Mercado, San Tan Elementary Principal 
    “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.

    Click Here to learn more about "A Day in the Life of a Spanish Kindergarten Student."