The goal of the Spanish Program is to expose students to the language
and culture of Spanish speaking populations. This early interaction
gives students a head start toward the study of Spanish. It also
helps students develop a long-term interest and appreciation of
Students in the Spanish program attend classes two mornings a week,
from 8:00 am to 8:40 am. Following Spanish class, they go directly
to their regular classrooms.
Qualified teachers are hired under contract to the Spanish Program.
The program's teachers have lived and studied in various parts of
the Spanish speaking world. They integrate their knowledge of different
cultures into the language instruction in order to engage the students
and make learning Spanish enjoyable. Teachers will prepare student
evaluations in December and June. Teachers are also available to
speak with parents before and after class. If a parent has a concern
they are encouraged to speak with a member of the Advisory Board.
Beck is the teacher for the primary grades. Esperanza was
born in El Salvador and taught there for fifteen years. She has
worked for the past ten years as a Bilingual Resource Specialist
for the Multicultural Academic Program at Portland Community College.
Kuehler is the teacher for the upper grades. Jill spent
two years living and teaching in rural Guatemala.
per quarter ($200 per year) for the first child.
$40 per quarter ($160 per year) for siblings.
$10 supply fee per student to be paid at registration.
number of scholarships are available. Students must qualify for
free student meals offered by Portland Public Schools. Applications
can be obtained in the office. Amount based on need and available
& first payment due*
20 - 23
18 - Jan 2
19 - Apr 2
21 - 31
Day of Spanish
Fiesta for families
is limited. Preferences will be given to returning students who
submit their registration by Monday, September 18. All other registrations
will be processed on a first come, first served basis.
will be advised of their child's class placement by telephone or
letter sent home with the student.
Expectations of Students and Parents
Students are expected to attend classes regularly,
arrive on time and participate in class activities and assignments.
Parents are responsible for making sure that their children arrive
at the assigned classroom. The Spanish Program is only responsible
for students once they are in the classroom. In situations where
the child in habitually late or absent, a parent will be contacted.
Parental support is vital to the program. Help with fund-raising,
parties and assisting in the classroom when needed is greatly appreciated.