Dual language program expands to middle school

One of the most successful academic programs in our district is expanding. The Dual Language Spanish Immersion program, which began six years ago with a cohort of Thompson Elementary kindergarteners, will now be offered at Spanaway Middle School.
 
The expansion allows the incoming sixth graders who have been a part of the program since its inception to continue their journey into middle school.
 
Thompson uses what’s referred to as a 90/10 model as students start in the program. That means in kindergarten and first grade, approximately 90 percent of the students’ instruction is in Spanish and 10 percent is in English. As students transition to higher grades, more of the instruction shifts to English — an 80/20 model in 2nd grade, and then a 50/50 model in 3rd grade and beyond.
 
As Dual Language students move on to middle school, students will take math, language arts, and social studies classes in Spanish. Science classes and electives will be taught in English.