In kindergarten through fourth grade, we offer an introduction to Spanish, using structured classes that include games, songs, crafts, stories, tapes, movies, bilingual books and short stories. Students learn the alphabet and some Latin customs. Our students begin using verbs, adjectives, pronouns and definite and indefinite articles that enable them to express themselves orally. They learn quickly and associate all of this with phrases and simple written short sentences, entering Spanish I with enthusiasm and a good background for advanced middle school classes.
When students enter sixth grade at Oakridge, they start the Paso A Paso 1 high-school Spanish 1 book, and by the time they graduate from eighth grade, they have completed a full year of high school Spanish I.
Usually, at the end of eighth grade, students move into the Paso A Paso 2 (high school Spanish II) book. There is an honors program available to all sixth through eighth grade students.