Accelerated Foreign Language Academy
Gilbert Elementary offers families the unique opportunity to enroll their children in a dual language program in Kindergarten through 5th Grade. This program allows students the advantage of learning their grade level content in two languages, English and Spanish. The focus of the program is to develop culturally responsive, active learners who are intellectually challenged and engaged. Program Structure:
Participants in this program include both English native speakers and Spanish native speakers. The goal is for all students to learn both languages with native-like fluency. Instruction is presented 50% of the time in English and 50% of the time in Spanish.
Students in Kindergarten and 1st Grade do a morning and afternoon language alternation. They begin with one language in the morning and switch to the second language in the afternoon. The next day they begin the day with the second language and switch back to the first language in the afternoon and so forth.
Students in 2nd through 5th Grades do a day-by-day language alternation. All lessons and content are taught in one language one day and the second language the next day and so forth.
The Dual Language Program is home to many families from across the East Valley. If you would like more information about this program or would like to schedule a visit please contact Mr. Ray Mercado
, Principal of Gilbert Elementary.
The video provides more information, including commentary and insight from parents and former students of the Dual Language Academy.