Wakefield Spanish Immersion Program
serves as the home for Arlington Public Schools’ high school level of
the Spanish dual-language partial immersion program. The immersion
program at Wakefield is designed to continue and expand on the study of
Spanish language and culture begun in elementary and middle school and increase the
study of Spanish literature. Wakefield has been recognized as an
International Spanish Academy by the Spanish Embassy in Washington, DC
and the Spanish Ministry of Education.
who attend Wakefield as part of the Immersion Program and live outside
the Wakefield attendance zone are entitled to bus transportation.
Currently, the Immersion program offers the following:
- Courses in Spanish:
- Spanish Immersion I
- Spanish Immersion II*
- Spanish Immersion Intensified Biology
- AP Spanish Language
- AP Spanish Literature I
- AP Spanish Literature II
II is open to students in grades 10-12. While AP Spanish Language
followed by AP Spanish Literature is the recommended sequence, the
Immersion II course offers flexibility in terms of sequencing, meaning
that a student could take Spanish Immersion II after having taken one or
more AP Spanish classes.
Project: Students may opt to do their project partially or
entirely in Spanish and/or related to Latin American or Spanish
topics. Past topics include: Exploring my Bolivan Heritage,
Volunteering at an Orphanage for Special Needs Children in
Guatemala, Learning about the Foods of Peru, Understanding the
Basque Country, Connecting Language Proficiency with Academic
Success, and Creative Outreach of Chilean Underprivileged Athletes.
Exam at no cost: The DELE is a test of Spanish proficiency
administered by the Spanish Ministry of Education and the Spanish
Embassy. The results of the test can be used to partially meet
admission requirements to a Spanish university.
Spanish program is fresh, dynamic and fun. New manners in which to
deliver instruction are being explored, and our faculty offer fantastic courses
that not only develop crucial skills, but also keep up with the demands of a
technologically savvy student body. In 2014, freshmen immersion students
were presented with a MacBook Air computer which they can use all day in all
classes at Wakefield, and then take home to use for homework and personal use
during the entire school year. Our Spanish educators use this technology to
deliver instruction effectively; For example, Immersion I students actively
participate in a secure platform, called Blackboard, where their course work is
organized by chapters, homework is done and scored online, group work can be
accomplished with wikis, assessments are deployed to targeted groups
(differentiating instruction to small groups such as students with specials
needs) and both synchronous and asynchronous discussions allow the instructor
to have a quick glance at the strengths and weaknesses of the student’s written
language. Moreover, we have made cross-curricular language support a very
important part of the program: The Spanish Immersion Intensified Biology
class works closely with the Immersion I class to ensure that the students
receive Spanish language support while writing papers and presentations.
Questions about the Spanish Immersion Program can be directed to Dr. Willmore at 703-228-6705 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
How are we effective?
- Students who have completed the immersion program Wakefield
graduate being bilingual and biliterate in both English and Spanish.
- Our school has an integrated curriculum that prepares the students
to participate in international programs to complete higher education degrees.
- Students take three rigorous Spanish Advanced Placement classes
before graduating. Last year, 90% of the students passed the AP exams.
- Our students perform successfully in all subjects of the
curriculum: nearly half of the incoming freshmen immersion students have been
identified as Gifted and Talented, and 50% made School and/or Principal’s Honor
Roll this year demonstrating the cognitive development and higher level
thinking achieved through bilingualism.
- Ninety nine percent of our student passed the DELE test in 2014.
Immersion students become members of the Spanish Honor Society,
engaging in volunteer work and tutoring novice Spanish students.
- Our students can express themselves and effectively communicate in
English and Spanish in their personal relationships and in an academic setting,
allowing for a greater perspective of Spanish culture.
- Graduating seniors receive a Certificate of Excellence awarded by
the Embassy of Spain.