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Holistic Spanish Immersion Everyday – Empower Language Academy

Ashley MacQuarrie

July 20, 2021


At Empower Language Academy, a public K-6 charter school, we recognize young brains are prime for absorbing. We love seeing how quickly and excitedly our students explore their learning. Our holistic Spanish immersion program is a positive and nurturing two-way learning environment that elevates both native Spanish speakers and native English speakers equally.

By teaching our Kindergarten to grade six students in both Spanish and English, we teach our students multiple ways to communicate and synthesize their learning. We teach all subjects — including a standards-based and writing-centered curriculum — in both languages to foster bilingual and biliterate abilities. Our academic program fosters literacy via our rigorous math and science curriculum as well as our integration of the arts and self-expression.

As we bridge elementary school content areas in two languages, we achieve top academic outcomes. We holistically approach our teaching so that our interdisciplinary thematic units weave our dual language learnings together.

How it Works & Why It’s Awesome

We firmly believe in every child’s inherent desire to communicate and we both honor and encourage this growth. In grades K and 1, we teach 80% in Spanish and 20% in English. Each year we teach 10% more in English and 10% less in Spanish so that by the time our students are in 4-6th grades, we land at 50/50.

Empower Language Academy teacher and students in huddle
Empower Language Academy teacher and students in huddle

Our students can read and write in their native languages and in their second language. Our native Spanish speakers are prepared to navigate complex texts and testing in English, too.

80% of parents desire second language immersion and foreign language options for their children. Ultimately, this multilingualism offers better jobs, increased pay and more professional opportunities around the world. Bilingualism and biliteracy, courtesy of immersive schools, boost multicultural awareness and respect for diversity to new levels. Our students can understand nuance, social situations and can engage in professional business ethics in multiple cultural situations.

Mind, Muscles, Heart

Centrally located in Linda Vista, we used to call ourselves San Diego’s best kept secret. We’re a thriving tuition-free K-6 public charter school, teaching Spanish immersion to both native English and native Spanish speakers alike. Our small classes, highly-qualified teachers and appreciation for fitness and healthy lifestyles make us a truly unique educational opportunity. We focus on character education at our small community school, supporting our students and families — like a family.

We focus on ‘mind, muscles and heart’ at our school. Mind is our robust academics and dual immersion teaching that prepares our students for exciting secondary education, college options, and meaningful careers — anywhere in the world.

Muscles refers to our focus on fitness and good health. We offer CrossFit Kids classes in addition to PE and recess. Focusing on 10 different fitness domains, our students explore strength, agility, flexibility, balance and more — while at school. We have an onsite school garden and healthy school lunches –because we know kids that move, move the world! Even our school uniforms affirm our love for healthy exercise and healthy living.

Heart is our small community. We are a family here at Empower Language Academy. We offer compassionate character education and foster vital leadership skills and self-confidence alongside our Spanish immersion schooling. Our students are seen and heard for who they are — and our students regularly show empathy to newcomer students learning in a new language. They’ve all been there. Join our growing family! Enrolling now for the 2021-2022 school year.

About Empower Language Academy

Empower Language Academy innovates in immersive dual language learning, fitness and technology to create global citizens. Our holistic approach to Spanish immersion empowers a generation of creative thinkers and effective communicators to lead healthy and fit lifestyles. Our tuition-free public charter school serving grades K-6 is a caring community; providing students from all backgrounds with an educational experience that honors multilingualism, critical thinking, and fitness. Join us in convenient Linda Vista. Enrolling now!

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