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Dual Language Team - Nuestro equipo de doble inmsersion

AM Kinder- Sra. Orozco

PM Kinder- Srta. Sabanero

1st- Sra. Martinez

1st - Sra. Gonzalez

2nd- Srta. Yoval

2nd- Sra. Proudfoot

3rd- Sra. DeNardo

3rd - Srta. Soto


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

Interested in your child attending Washington's Dual Language Program ? 


You are invited to attend one of our Prospective Parent Informational Sessions and Tours:



RBUSD Spanish Dual Immersion Group Tours- RSVP Required
Tuesday, February 2 @ 10:00 a.m. DI Kindergarten Group Tour

Tuesday, February 23 @ 10:00 a.m. DI Kindergarten Group Tour

***Due to the popularity of the RBUSD Spanish Dual Immersion Program only Group Tours will be offered***


Please click here to RSVP 


RBUSD's Dual Immersion Lottery will take place on May 2 at 10 a.m. in the Board Room at the District Office.



Kindergarten One-on-One Tours (Gen.Ed. Classrooms only)

Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.


Please call the front office after January 23, 2016 to reserve your time


Washington Elementary Kindergarten Round-up

Session 1: May 11, 2016 2:15- 2:45 p.m.

Session 2: May 11, 2016 3:00 -3:30 p.m.

Session 3: May 18, 2016 2:15 -2:45 p.m.



Need registration information? Enrollment Information

Washington Language Academy School of Choice Information

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!



The Program Design

The Two-Way Immersion Program is a challenging and rigorous academic program in which Spanish is used as the primary language of instruction.  The classroom population is half native English speaking and half native Spanish speaking children. The program implements a 90/10-immersion model in which K students receive 90 percent of their instruction in

Spanish and 10 percent in English. The percentage of English instruction increases as follows:


• Kindergarten - Core subjects are taught in Spanish for 90% of the day.  English language development is provided for 10% of the day.


• First grade - Core subjects are taught in Spanish for 80% of the day.  English language development is provided for 20% of the day.


• Second grade - Core subjects are taught in Spanish for 70% of the day.  English language development is provided for 30% of the day.


• Third grade - Core subjects are taught in Spanish for 60% of the day.  English language development, English language arts, and Social Studies are provided for 40% of the day.


• Fourth grade - Core subjects are taught in Spanish for 50% of the day.  English language development, English language arts, Social Studies are provided for 50% of the day.


• Fifth and Sixth grades - Core subjects are taught in Spanish for 50% of the day and English for 50% of the day.

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Common Core State Standards for Spanish Language Arts


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

Kindergarten registration opens on March 1, 2016  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”, which is brought to Washington Elementary. 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 2, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. 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 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. 


* 2016-17 Incoming Kindergarten students that have an older sibling in grades 1-3 in the  Washington Spanish Dual Immersion Program are given first priority. 

* 2016-17 Incoming Kindergarten students whose oldest sibling is in the current DI Kindergarten class will be given next priority depending on the number of open spots available.