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    Program Structure

    Our program is a 50/50 teaching model in which learners will have two teachers during the academic year.  Each grade level has an english teacher and spanish teacher that will instruct students.   There are two sections per grade level that are capped at 25 students per class.  Currently we have an A and B block, which means that a student will be with a teacher for an entire day and then switch the following day to the other teacher.  For example, Monday will be with the english teacher and Tuesday with the spanish teacher.  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.
    Entrance Requirements:
    • The program is first come, first serve in order to secure staff.  Each class has a maximum of 25 students.  
    • K-2 is open registration for students with no language experience in spanish necessary.  We will review academic records with new families of second grade students to determine if placement is appropriate.  
    • 3rd Grade and higher will be administered a screening assessment to determine if placement is appropriate.  
    When can I register?
    Monday, December 7th at 8:00 a.m. online registration will open for the 2021-2022 school year.
    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

    Due to COVID-19, tours will be suspended until further notice.  
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