Language Immersion School in Anaheim, California
Frontiers Academy Language Immersion School develops students who are actively engaged in their own learning. Each classroom is a world of spirited learning unto itself. We have adopted six core teaching and governing principals that make our school a unique environment for your student:
1. Innovation – We seek to find new and exciting ways to teach the core foundational principals of language and academics. Through our innovative teachers, time-tested curriculum, and excellence in language immersion in Mandarin and Spanish, our school seeks to develop fearless learners.
2. Proficiency – We desire that our students excel with equal proficiency of English Language Arts – reading, writing, spelling, and phonics – as well as mathematics and science.
3. Excellence – We offer an integrated curriculum that fosters excellence across all core academic disciplines, meeting and exceeding academic standards of the State of California.
4. Guidance – We provide guidance to master foundational skills and critical thinking, knowledge acquisition, creativity, and independent learning – all preparing students for a successful future in higher education and beyond.
5. A Safe Learning Environment – We seek to provide a safe and secure environment that encourages students to explore confidently without fear of bullying, criticism, or hindrance of self-expression.
6. Strong Core Values – At Frontiers Academy, we uphold a strong core value system that encourages compassion and dignity for all cultures and individuals.
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How a language immersion school works:
In foreign language immersion programs, the regular school curriculum is taught in the immersion language for at least half of the school day.
In partial immersion programs, instructional time is divided equally between English and the immersion language throughout the elementary grades. In full immersion programs, teachers use no English at all in the early grades. In Grade 2, 3, or 4, teachers introduce English language arts and reading for one period per day and gradually move toward an even distribution of English and the immersion language by Grade 5 or 6.
Frontiers Academy employs the “full immersion” model, where preschool, kindergarten and first grade are 80% Mandarin, 10% Spanish and 10% English. By second grade, the curriculum moves to 50% Mandarin, 35% English and 15% Spanish. The near-full immersion model has been shown to create higher levels of trilingualism.
Further, simply adding more English instructional time does not yield higher outcomes in achievement measured in English for English language learners.
How do I know if language immersion will work for my child?
Immersion programs are the fastest growing and most effective type of foreign language program currently available in U.S. schools. Most immersion students can be expected to reach higher levels of second language proficiency than students in other school-based language programs. (Met, M. (Ed.). (1998). Critical issues in early second language learning. New York: Scott Foresman—Addison Wesley).
A common concern for parents with children in immersion school is whether their child is at the same level of proficiency in English reading and writing as students in non-immersion schools. Although some kindergartners or first graders in Mandarin immersion programs may not be at the same level in English as their general education peers, generally by second or third grade they will be at or above that level and will also read, write, and speak Mandarin. (Genesee, F. (1987). Learning through two languages: Studies of immersion and bilingual education. Rowley, MA: Newbury).
Finally, immersion learners benefit cognitively, exhibiting greater nonverbal problem-solving abilities and more flexible thinking (see reviews in Met, 1998). It has been suggested that the very processes learners need to use to make sense of the teacher’s meaning make them pay closer attention and think harder. These processes, in turn, appear to have a positive effect on cognitive development.
If you have specific questions about your child’s ability to be successful in a language immersion environment, we are happy to discuss it with you. Please contact us via email or give us a call today at 714-930-6638.