Washington School

Kindergarten Resources

Dual Language Team - Nuestro equipo de doble inmsersion

AM Kinder- Sra. Orozco (KA)

PM Kinder- Srta. Sabanero (KA)

1st- Sra. Martinez rm. 7

1st - Srta. Gonzalez rm. 3

2nd- Srta. Yoval rm. 4

2nd- Sra. Proudfoot rm. 9

3rd- TBD  rm.15

3rd- Srta. Jauregui rm.19

4th - Srta. Soto rm.21

4th- Sra. Stilson rm. 22

5th -  TBD  room 20


Academic Achievement

The program's four year history has shown that the Two-Way Immersion Program produces positive results. English and Spanish speakers benefit by acquiring a near-native command of the second language. Most students reach academic achievement levels in two languages equivalent to or better than their traditionally-schooled, grade-level peers.


El que sabe dos idiomas vale por dos - He who has two languages has two souls.

El que sabe dos idiomas vale por dos - He who has two languages has two souls.

Spanish Dual Immersion

How do I enroll my child in the Washington Language Academy?

Kindergarten registration opens on March 1, 2017  at all RBUSD elementary schools. It is not a first come first serve basis. All Prospective Dual Immersion Kindergarten students must register at their home school, as determined by their street address. The home school completes a “Verification of Registration." Parents then complete the “Application for Immersion Program”, which is used to determine native speakers and to establish a lottery if needed. The lottery for the Washington Dual Immersion will be held on May 5, 2017 in the Board Room at the District Office.


Families that reside outside RBUSD must apply for an inter-district permit through the District Office.


Washington Elementary has 2 Dual Immersion Kindergarten classes available with an option of AM Kinder or PM Kinder. Each class consists of 25 students, half of which are native Spanish Speakers. 


* 2017-18 Incoming Kindergarten students that have an older sibling in the Washington Spanish Dual Immersion Program ( 4th grade DI, 3rd grade DI, 2nd grade DI) are given first priority. 

* 2017-18 Incoming Kindergarten students whose oldest sibling is in the current DI Kindergarten and DI 1st grade class will be given next priority depending on the number of open spots available. 


Washington Language Academy

Welcome to the Two-Way Language Immersion Program at Washington Elementary School!  This Alternative Language Academy provides a choice for parents who want their children to become fluent in two languages while developing academic skills in the core subjects.




• To develop language proficiency in English and Spanish for native English speakers and Spanish speakers

• To ensure academic excellence by increasing scholastic achievement in two languages as outlined in the School District's core curriculum

• To cultivate understanding and appreciation of other cultures and to strengthen positive attitudes among students and California's diverse communities

• To foster the development of leadership and self confidence

• To develop a sense of respect and responsibility for ourselves, our school, our community, our country and our world

•To empower parents to become active participants in their children's education



Immersion students...


• Develop flexibility in thinking: through problem solving, conceptualizing, and reasoning in two languages


• Develop an understanding of the English and Spanish languages and develop a sensitivity to structure, vocabulary and syntax


• Attain greater academic achievement in core subjects, including reading, science, social studies and mathematics


• Develop fluency in two languages: English and Spanish


• Attain a unique linguistic and cultural understanding and develop the skills for positive interactions with people from other nations



In dual language programs, students are taught literacy and academic content in English and a target language (Spanish). The goals of dual language are for students to develop high levels of language proficiency and literacy in both program languages, to demonstrate high levels of academic achievement, and to develop an appreciation for and an understanding of diverse cultures.


How do we know it will work?  Research studies and established programs show the dual language program model to be the most effective way to become proficient in two languages. Results from over 20 years of research show that students in dual language programs develop higher levels of bilingual proficiency and academic achievement than in other program models.

Why not wait for my child to learn a second language until high school?  High school foreign language programs teach languages separately from other academic subjects in the day, thereby reducing the opportunities for natural language acquisition. Students in a dual language program spend the majority of the school day learning in the second language for years before entering high school.

Will a second language interfere with my child’s English ability?  No. Research shows that students who achieve advanced levels of proficiency in two languages often experience cognitive and linguistic advantages when compared to monolingual students. Bilingual students perform better on tasks that require divergent thinking, pattern recognition and problem solving, and have higher levels of metalinguistic awareness.

Do Dual Language students learn the same curriculum as the regular English program?Absolutely! The standards and curriculum at the Washington Language Academy are the same as for all students in the Redondo Beach Unified School District. The only difference is the language of instruction.

Does it matter if no one at home speaks the second language?  No. The home language must be kept up in the home. Read to your children daily! Talk to your children daily, and have them talk to you! Continue the literacy experiences you would naturally encourage. One of the advantages of this program is that students with strong language skills (in English or Spanish) succeed in the program.

How will my child understand if he/she does not speak the second language?  Teachers in the Dual Language Program are specially trained to make the information meaningful through the use of visuals, objects, gestures, and specialized instructional strategies. The students also help each other!