One-Way Immersion (OWI) was formerly entitled TBE (Transitional Bilingual Education), and houses our ELs (English Learners) who have a home language of Spanish. Students in the OWI program receive a portion of their instruction in English and a portion of their day in Spanish with the goal of students exiting the program bilingual, biliterate, and bicultural. There will be three sections of OWI in Second Grade during the 2017-18 school year. The following school year, these sections will be replaced with TWI sections.
Two-Way Immersion (TWI) is a framework of bilingual education that teaches children from two language backgrounds together in one classroom. The students are immersed for half of the teaching time in English and immersed for the remainder of the teaching time in the other Spanish. Students are taught their regular curriculum - reading, writing, spelling, math, social studies, and science - while being immersed in the two teaching languages. For this reason, the program is referred to as Two-Way Immersion. The goal of the TWI Program is for ALL students to leave the program bilingual, biliterate, and bicultural. The TWI committee made a recommendation to the Board of Education and approved the TWI program to begin in the fall 2016-2017 school year with four classrooms in kindergarten. Every school year after that will roll the TWI program to the next grade level, which in turn will phase out the OWI Program. For the 2017-18 school year, there will be four sections of TWI in Kindergarten and First Grade.