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 designed for Spanish-speaking students. The Two-Way Immersion Bilingual Program Model is in place at three other elementary schools: Cragmont, LeConte, and Rosa Parks. The Bilingual and TWI programs offered as a strand of classrooms within a school that also has English Only classrooms is being phased out. This changed with the start of the 2013-14 school year, and now all students entering LeConte in kindergarten, first, and second grade participate in the district-wide Two Way Immersion program.
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 kindergartners would participate in the TWI program. TWI Programs at Rosa Parks and Cragmont are being phased out while the current TWI students at those schools complete their elementary education. No future kindergarten through second grade classrooms at these two schools offer a Two-Way Immersion program.
The late-exit Bilingual Program at Thousand Oaks gives first priority to students living in the northwest 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)