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Our Mission

By embracing Innovation and the acquisition of a second language, we inspire our students to be global leaders and thinkers who positively impact others at home and abroad.

We choose Las Huellas at Innocademy because we really appreciate the vision of the school that emphasizes whole child learning. We love the way the classes are structured so that students can grow in subject areas at their own pace and step into the next level when they’re ready. Spanish immersion is important to our family because we believe learning another language fluently expands empathy and fosters a more inclusive understanding of the world. 

Thanks so much for everything you do!

- April Best


Las huellas:
Spanish Immersion Program

 We are a one-way Spanish Immersion Program in which our students are immersed in Spanish the entire school day. Las huellas started in the fall of 2013. The program started with Kindergarten and 1st grade with two teachers and about 40 students. We now offer Young-5s up to 8th grade. Our team consists of general education classroom teachers, paraprofessionals and an interventionist.

Overview
Students in our Spanish Immersion Program experience an early-total one-way immersion model in grades kindergarten through fourth grade. In 3rd through 4th grade students have 20 to 30 minutes three to four times a week in which they learn English specific skills.  In fifth through eighth grade,  the program shifts to a 50/50 one-way immersion model with two of the four core classes taught in Spanish, these include Language Arts and Social Studies.  In 7th & 8th grade students also have a English specific writing class where they receive corrective feedback to improve their English spelling and grammar skills.  Y5s experience a 25/75 one-way immersion model with Language Arts taught in Spanish.

 

Our Vision

“In Immersion Education, students learn the district’s core curriculum through a second language. Students are “immersed” into the language and study the same content as other students, but while doing so, naturally learn to read, write, and speak in the target language. The second language is the means of content instruction, not just a subject of instruction.”

Immersion by Grade

Y5 (25/75)

All four cores are taught in Spanish with language in the classroom growing from a 50/50 to a 75/25 by the end of the year.

K (90/10)

Students are gradually immersed in the language in all four core classes.

1-2 (100/0)

All four cores are taught in Spanish.

3-4 (90/10)

All four cores are taught in Spanish with an additional 20 to 30 minute class on English Specific Skills.

5-6  (50/50)

At the secondary level, two classes are taught in the target language as we build upon the K-4 experience and further enhance oral speaking, listening, reading, and writing capacity in Spanish.

7-8 (50/50)

At the secondary level, two classes are taught in the target language as we build upon the K-4 experience and further enhance oral speaking, listening, reading, and writing capacity in Spanish.  Students have a specific English writing class in which they receive corrective feedback. 

 

We emphasize and celebrate the three-fold goal of dual language immersion education:

  • Achievement of grade-level content expectations (Common Core State Standards/LSSU Curriculum Standards)
  • Attainment of high levels of target language performance and proficiency
  • Awareness, appreciation, and sensitivity for world cultures.

 

las huellas road map

Entering Our Program 

Young 5’s

Students may enter this grade without any prior Spanish experience. 

K

Students may enter this grade without any prior Spanish experience. 

1st First Semester

Students may enter this grade without any prior Spanish experience. 

Please note: *1st grade Second Semester and above need to be either coming from a Spanish Immersion program or a native Spanish speaker and must be assessed before entry.  Students should be assessed by the teacher of the grade they are entering. 

 

I  like learning Spanish and being able to have a “secret language” with my brother.

Luca Nguyen

1st grade student

Have Questions?

Please contact Jessenia Martinez, program coordinator of immersion and language learning via email at jessenia.martinez@innocademy.com.