As the only Spanish-English dual language immersion school in East Palo Alto and in the Ravenswood City School District, Los Robles-Ronald McNair Academy teaches children to speak, read and write in Spanish and English as part of their academic program. Classrooms are composed of both native Spanish and native English-speaking students beginning in transitional kindergarten through the fifth grade, fostering student support of each other in their learning of both languages.
Students entering transitional kindergarten, kindergarten or first grade do not need to be bilingual in Spanish and English in order to be successful in the program. Students whose native language is not Spanish or English are also welcome.
Our dual language program is based on a 90/10 instructional model. At the transitional, kindergarten and first grade levels, 90% of instruction is in Spanish, and 10% is in English. In the second grade, and in each successive grade through the fifth grade, Spanish instruction is reduced by 10% and English is increased by 10%. By the fifth grade, instruction is 50% in Spanish and 50% in English.
Students continue their dual language program at the Ravenswood Middle School (RMS), where they receive approximately 25% of their instruction in Spanish (Spanish language arts and social studies) and 75% of their instruction in English.
The language of instruction in non-language subjects, mathematics, science, and Makerspace are taught in Spanish in grades TK through 5. Science lab, physical education, art and health and wellness are taught in English at all grade levels. Music is taught in both Spanish and English.