Spanish is the second language of California and becoming bi-literate in two languages opens opportunities for students and improves educational outcomes, most notable for Latino/Hispanic students. Currently, our district offers a Bilingual Program (Spanish-English) in one classroom at each grade level at Thousand Oaks Elementary School. The Two-Way Immersion Bilingual Program Model is in place at three other elementary schools: Cragmont, LeConte, and Rosa Parks. Both the Bilingual and TWI programs are currently offered as a strand of classrooms within a school that also has English Only classrooms. However, this will change with the start of the 2013-14 school year.
After considerable study and community engagement through on-site research, community forums, and the work of the Two-Way Immersion Task Force, the School Board voted in June, 2012 that LeConte Elementary School would become a district-wide TWI school and all entering LeConte 2013-14 kindergartners would participate in the TWI program. TWI Programs at Rosa Parks and Cragmont will be phased out while the current TWI students at those schools complete their elementary education. No future kindergarten classrooms at these two schools will offer a Two-Way Immersion program. The late-exit Bilingual Program at Thousand Oaks is available to students living in the North zone.
LeConte Elementary School webpage (Two Way Immersion School for English and Spanish-speaking students)
Thousand Oaks Elementary School webpage (Bilingual Program for Spanish-speaking students)