How Does Dual Immersion Work?

Dual Immersion?

In the Dual Immersion (DI) program, native English-speaking students and native Spanish-speaking students learn together in the same classroom, interacting and developing language skills together. The teachers follow the same standards-based instructional curriculum as the district's English-only classes.

Outstanding Teachers

The teachers in our program have special training for Dual Immersion in addition to the state required classroom training. All DI teachers are bilingual and highly qualified in language acquisition, language instruction, state standards and grade level content. The teachers are dedicated, creative and constantly explore new and exciting ways to teach. They are leaders in the integration of technology into the curriculum and have received several awards for their work.

Benefits Beyond a Second Language

The school offers a large bilingual library and a hands-on teaching garden. Art, music, physical education are all part of the school curriculum and are each taught by specialized teachers. Extra-curricular programs such as folkloric dance, chorus, chess club, soccer and others are available on campus. Students also participate in educational field trips and enjoy Mistral's visiting guest speakers, artists and performers.

BENEFITS OF BILINGUALISM

Why Bilinguals are Smarter (New York Times)

Leave Los Niños Alone! The Mental Costs of Linguistic Assimilation(Discover Magazine)

The Growing Alternative to English Only Education (CNN)

School Aims for 'Bi-literate' Education (NPR Morning Edition)

WHAT PARENTS SAY

This school is a true gem. We are thrilled with the resources, the excellent staff and the many enriching academic programs available to the kids.

My son has started to read on his own in both English and Spanish and he has only been in school for 9 weeks! We have begun to learn Spanish ourselves and value the unique opportunity Mistral provides to expand our family's outlook and life experience.

We chose Mistral's DI program over other district schools and private schools. It offered something truly unique and valuable, that we could not offer our children any other way: the gift of a second language.

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