Spanish is part of Community School’s basic curriculum. All our students, from preschool through middle school, enjoy Spanish classes at least twice a week. These classes emphasize basic language skills, a love of languages, and an understanding of Hispanic cultures.
Our younger students learn simple vocabulary and conversation, frequently through games and songs. Upper elementary students begin to read and write Spanish, while middle school students continue to expand their conversation, reading, and writing skills. Older middle school students have the opportunity to earn high school Spanish credit.
This year, Community School will continue its exchange program with Colegio Domingo Savio in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, which has been led by our Spanish teacher, Elena Isler, for the past sixteen years. We will welcome eleven students to our school in October, and our families will host them. The students from Bolivia will attend classes and participate in our school activities for six weeks. In the spring, CS students will be able to travel to Bolivia and stay with families in Santa Cruz, where they will attend school for a month. This exchange creates a wonderful opportunity for our students to broaden their knowledge of Spanish, immerse themselves in the culture of another country, and gain confidence and independence.