Holbrook Language Academy

09/2018
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Photo of Teachers from September's Holbrook Language Academy

The Holbrook Language Academy, a part of the Mount Diablo Unified School District, is a Two-Way Dual Immersion (TWDI) Program for English/Spanish located in Concord, California. On August 22nd, 2017, the academy reopened as a Mt. Diablo Regional Magnet.

The TWDI program is an enrichment program designed for Spanish speaking students at all levels of English language proficiency, native English speakers, and students of other language background whom are fluent in English.

The goal of the TWDI program is to develop academic language proficiency in English and Spanish, mast grade level core standards, and develop cultural proficiency.

At the academy, the program for English/Spanish starts in the Transistional Kindergarten and Kindergarten grades and is planning to grow a grade level each year. Students spend half of their school day learning in English, and the other half of the day learning in Spanish, representing a 50/50 immersion model. The program includes daily, leveled English Language Development for Spanish-dominant students and Spanish as a Second Language for English dominant students. English learners and English proficient students are mixed in the same classroom and receive instruction in both languages daily.  Subjects like Music and PE are also taught in Spanish.

Mount Diablo Unified School District has 30 elementary schools, with only seven offering dual language programs, one being the Holbrook Language Academy.

During the planning for the reopening of the school, the community input and district representatives – including both the Assistant Supervisor for Elementary Schools José Espinoza and Director of Projects Stephanie Roberts – agreed that bilingual programs are in the rise, providing potential long-term educational and career benefits that multilingual students accrue.

With the support of representatives, parents, community stakeholders, and District Superintendent Dr. Nellie Meyer, plans were made to launch the reopening of the academy.

The vision of the Academy is to provide the opportunity for students to learn in a bilingual, multicultural, and collaborative environment that develops character and the necessary skills to succeed in a diverse, global society.

Continue to the next page to learn more about the Holbrook Language Academy...

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