The Spanish Language Learning Program is a program of choice that begins at the elementary level. Kindergarten through fifth grades are located at Harney Elementary School. Sixth through eighth grades are located at McLoughlin Middle School. At the high school level, rigorous classes are offered in the Spanish language pathway at the Fort Vancouver High School Center for International Studies.
The program’s goals are to produce students who are bilingual, biliterate and bicultural; who can achieve academically; and who are ready to enter an academic program at the high school level.
The students within the program become proficient and literate in both English and Spanish while meeting high academic standards. Students also develop self-regulation, self-advocacy and self-reflection skills.
Overall, students in the Spanish Language Learning Program are presented with the social and cognitive benefits of bilingualism. They gain a broader vocabulary and multiple views of the world; develop high levels of proficiency in Spanish and English; and gain a competitive advantage in high school, college, the workplace and the global economy.
At McLoughlin, the Spanish pathway students receive two periods of instruction each day. Each year they have a Spanish Language Arts class and a social studies class taught in Spanish.