Dual Language Immersion - Columbia Heights Educational Campus

/ Maria Tukeva, Principal

3101 16th St, NW / Washington, DC 20010 / HS: 202.939.7700 / MS: 202.939.6680
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DUAL LANGUAGE PROGRAM AND INTERNATIONAL SPANISH ACADEMY

CHEC is a dual immersion school originally sponsored by Fight for Children's Quality Schools Initiative Grant. This program is designed to enrich the education of native English speakers as well as native world language speakers. Students will take Spanish Language Arts and further develop their language skills while taking key content courses in Spanish (currently science and social studies). The goal is for all students to become proficient in Spanish while developing cultural awareness in order to promote high levels of academic achievement. Students will be supported through active learning strategies in class, after school and summer support. The dual immersion program begins for all students in 6th grade and continues for all students through 9th grade.

Students can then opt into our dual language program at the high school. Students will continue to develop their language skills in Spanish courses in language and literature, including advanced placement courses and also in key content courses. Students will have opportunities to continue to develop through our rigorous course work and through strategic partnerships with local universities in order to earn course credit in language and translation.

Additionally, Columbia Heights Education Campus has been accepted as part of the network of schools that belong to the International Spanish Academy.  Our program develops students’ proficiency in reading, writing, speaking and listening in both Spanish and English. To this end, all language classes are conducted solely in the target language, Spanish. In addition, all middle school grades take a science and a social studies class in Spanish.  
KEY FEATURES:

  • Dual Proficiencies in Spanish and English
  • Competency-based learning
  • Use of Blended Learning Strategies
  • Complete language Immersion
AT A GLANCE:

  • Start Date:  Fall of 2006
  • Grades Served: 6-9
  • Major Partner: Embassy of Spain
  • Students at start: 40
  • Students at capacity: 650


KEY DESIGN PRINCIPLES:

  • Mastery of rigorous standards aligned to college & career readiness
  • Multiple opportunities for students to show mastery through performance-based assessments
  • Purposeful use of time, staff and technollogy to support student learning
6th GRADE7th GRADE8th GRADE9th GRADE
 
Math 6
English 6
Spanish Language Arts 7
Spanish Science
Spanish
Social Studies
Electives
Dance
Physical Education
Music
Art
Read 180
Math 180
 
Math 7
English 7
Spanish Language Arts 7
Spanish Science
Spanish Social Studies
Electives
Dance
Physical Education
Music
Art
Read 180
Math 180
 
Algebra I
English 8
Spanish Language Arts 8
Spanish Science
Spanish Social Studies
Electives
Dance
Physical Education
Music
Art
Read 180
Math 180
 
Algebra I
Geometry
Algebra II
English 9
Spanish Language Arts
Spanish Science
Spanish Social Studies
Electives
Dance
Physical Education
Music
Art
Read 180
Math 180
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Aligned to Common Core State Standards.

  • Opportunity for students to earn the District's Seal of Biliteracy for demonstrating proficiency in at least two languages.

  • Participants acquire the pre-requisite cultural sensitive and communication skills to embark on a study abroad venture.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

  • Foreign civil service
  • Airline services
  • Advertising
  • Editing and Publishing
  • Subtitles and Voice-Overs
  • Event Management
  • Nursing
  • Import/Export Specialist
  • Hotel management
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