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    Three Language Immersion Programs

    A world of learners. Where children gain a passport to the world!Beginning in Fall 2008, BHIS has offered three key programs: Spanish/English Dual Language Immersion, Chinese Mandarin/English Partial Language Immersion and an English Language Immersion, with students in the programs spending half the school day studying and working in a new language taught by native speakers while also simultaneously advancing their academic skills in core curriculum of reading, writing, math and science. The school's current federally-funded Chinese Mandarin classes, taught a half hour each day, will continue for those students enrolled prior to the international program.


    English Immersion

    The English Immersion program is designed to immerse students in English who speak a language other than English, Spanish, or Chinese. It is also a program for English speakers who prefer an English- based international curriculum or enter the school in grades 2 and above.

    Students will be assigned to one of two English teachers and will remain in the same classroom for the full school day. Students in the Spanish and Mandarin programs will join them for part of each day to increase diversity and allow native English speaking role models throughout the day in every class.

    So for your child, the daily schedule might look like this:

    Time: Morning
    Subject: Reading/Writing & Social Studies
    Language: English
    Students: English students, Mandarin students

    Time: Afternoon
    Subject: Math & Science
    Language: English
    Students: English students, Spanish students


    Mandarin Immersion

    A partial immersion program:

    • may include both native English speakers and Chinese heritage speakers
    • provides academic instruction in both languages
    • develops bilingualism, biliteracy, and cross-cultural understanding

    Students will have one English teacher and one Mandarin teacher who will use only the target language. They will be in a class with a mix of English and Chinese speakers.

    So for your child, the daily schedule might look like this:

    Time: Morning
    Subject Language: Reading/Writing & Social Studies
    Language: English

    Time: Afternoon
    Subject: Math & Science
    Language: Mandarin


    Spanish Immersion

    A dual language immersion program:

    • includes both native English and native Spanish speakers
    • provides academic instruction in both languages
    • develops bilingualism, biliteracy, and cross-cultural understanding
    • Students will have one English teacher and one Spanish teacher who will use only the target language. They will be in a class with a mix of English and Spanish speakers.

    So for your child, the daily schedule might look like this:

    Time: Morning
    Subject: Reading/Writing & Social Studies
    Language: Spanish

    Time: Afternoon
    Subject: Math & Science
    Language: English