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Primary Dual Language Classroom

Casa, our dual language classroom, is a 90:10 model where Spanish is spoken 90% of the time with English spoken 10% of the time. The classroom follows the same Montessori philosophy and curriculum as our other Primary classrooms, with the added benefits of learning a second language.

MAC’s Primary Dual Language classroom, Casa, is a first-of-its-kind program for MAC that offers students the opportunity to develop key 21st century skills including bilingualism, biliteracy and global awareness within an authentic Montessori Primary learning environment. We offer a 90:10 Dual Language Program, where students develop high levels of Spanish language proficiency while honing key developmental skills. 90:10 refers to the language split in the classroom where Spanish is spoken 90% of the time and English is spoken 10%. Our Dual Language Program uses the same content as our traditional Primary Montessori program, delivered by a native Spanish-speaking, Montessori-trained Lead Teacher and 2 native Spanish-speaking Assistant Teachers. We believe that the best way to acquire a second language is through meaningful and authentic experiences. Children in Casa have a rich exposure to Spanish with many opportunities for this meaningful context. Our teaching team uses a variety of strategies to help students understand oral and written language without the need of translation.

The benefits of learning a second language are proven. Studies have shown that bilingualism can help improve a child’s cognitive functions, literacy as well as social and emotional skills.  Beyond these research-based benefits, knowing a second language opens a pathway to developing a broader world perspective and appreciation for people and culture which is a natural extension of the peace education pedagogy intrinsic to the Montessori learning journey. In Casa, we offer an authentic Montessori experience that opens our students’ minds to the richness of the Spanish language and opens their hearts to the beauty that culture and diversity add to our world.

Dual Language

Learning to read and write in Spanish only benefits the child by helping grow synaptic connections in the brain and improving working memory, once this code is cracked, the child can apply it to other languages. 

Our daughter is bilingual. Supporting her biliteracy and biculturalism is extremely important to us. Casa has exceeded our expectations on every level. She is not only reading in both languages, but is immersed in conversations about Spanish-speaking cultures and history. Casa has augmented her pride about her heritage, and most importantly she’s thrilled to go to school every day. We couldn’t be happier to have chosen the immersion option at MAC.

-Margaret and César, Primary Casa Parents

Admissions Update:  Casa classroom enrollment is currently at capacity and the classroom admissions application will reopen in September 2022. However, due to the great deal of interest in the program, MAC will implement an internal wait pool for any unexpected openings, filling available spots with students who are best fit for the classroom. We will take into consideration Spanish language experience, the Montessori classroom mix of age and gender and the family's dedication and commitment to the long-term journey that is required of language learning.

Please note that students are only eligible to be on the internal wait pool while in the Toddler community. Once a student transitions to Primary they will be removed from the wait pool, as MAC will not be moving students from one classroom to another. Please reach out to admissions@tmaoc.com with any questions.