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Dual-Immersion Language Academy

The Immersion program at Santa Monica High School is a continuation of the dual language program that begins at the Edison Language Academy. The high school program varies from the elementary model in that it functions within the larger, regular Samohi educational program. Our students add an extra class in order to accommodate the Spanish language component.

El Programa de Inmersión de Santa Monica es una continuación de la Academia de idiomas de la escuela Edison. Nuestro programa de inmersión se destingue en el de Edison en que funciona dentro del programa general de Samohi, y los estudiantes toman una clase más al día para acomodar la enseñanza en español.

Immersion Faculty

Claudia Bautista Nicholas
Department Chair
Ned Acker
Luis Contreras
Danny Escalera
Alicia González
Jaime Jimenez
Guadalupe Torres
Guadalupe Toumayan
2018 Biliteracy Recognition Information >>
2018 Reconocimiento al Bilingüismo >>

High School Spanish Placement Criteria >>
Colocación en Clases de Español en la Preparatoria >>

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Immersion Invitation 2018 Immersion Invitation 2018
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Major Goals of Dual-Language Education
> High levels of bilingual proficiency
> Biliteracy--read and write at grade level in both languages
> Content area (mathematics, social studies) achievement at or above grade level
> Multicultural competencies

Four critical components of dual language programs
> The program essentially involves instruction through two languages, where the target language is
    used for a significant portion of the student's instructional day
> The program involves periods of instruction during which only one language is used
> Both native English speakers and native speakers of the target language are participants
> The students are integrated for most content language instruction

Dual Immersion Program Courses and Sample Student Class Schedule

About Immersion

The success of the Santa Monica-Malibu District's Two-Way Immersion program is a product of a strong school-home partnership. The progress and educational success of your child is highly dependent upon your understanding of the program design, at-home support, and your willingness to work with the immersion staff.

We must remember that language acquisition occurs in a gradual manner, over time.To fully benefit from this program, families must be committed to remain in the program for the duration of their children's schooling. It further helps when parents are active participants in their children's education.

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District Dual Immersion

Edison Language Academy

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