Middle School: Immersion or Acquisition

Middle School – Immersion or Acquisition

ISLA’s middle school educational program is aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the International Baccalaureate (IB) framework that includes second language acquisition and two-way dual language immersion (DLI) models. The curriculum will prepare students for a competitive, globalized, interconnected, and technologically-advanced future by demanding a high effort profile from all students. ISLA will instill in its students a love of learning and foster an appreciation and responsibility for both local and global communities.

Students entering grade 6 may select between the acquisition or immersion programs. Students will have 8 periods, delivered in an alternating block schedule. In addition to world language, students will also take English, mathematics, social studies, science, physical education, design technology and semester rotations between visual and performing arts.


Acquisition Program – French, German, Italian, or Spanish.

The Acquisition program is an academic program infused with an advanced and honors curriculum. The focus of the Acquisition program is for students to enter high school with advanced fluency in their respective program language, even if they have not participated in a two-way dual language program in elementary school, as well as to prepare students for an academically advanced and challenging high school curriculum. Each academic year students will take two language courses in their chosen program language. One course will emphasize grammar, vocabulary, and the written language and the other course will prepare student to communicate orally. Matriculated elementary school dual-language immersion students may choose the Acquisition program to begin study in a new world language.


Immersion Program – French, German, Italian, or Spanish.

The Immersion program is an academic program infused with an advanced and honors curriculum that enables students from two-way dual language elementary school immersion programs in French, German, Italian, and Spanish and heritage speakers to continue their studies of world languages. A high-level world language class and the social sciences classes will be conducted in French, German, Italian, or Spanish. Students who wish to be considered for the immersion program once enrolled must be able to read, write, and speak in their chosen target language. A proficiency exam will be given to any student after enrollment wishing to be part of the immersion program. Immersion students successfully completing the middle school curriculum will be prepared to continue their Immersion education in high school.

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