ISLA Los Sábados is a weekly educational heritage language immersion program for children ages 3 to 17 that aims to close the opportunity gap and open doors for Hispanic/Latino youth, their families and community.
A heritage language refers to the language of one's ancestry or culture and is often taught in the home by someone's family or learned in addition to a person's primary language.
Maintaining a heritage language is important for children and grandchildren of immigrants to connect them culturally and linguistically to their ancestors/family history.
Studies have shown that literacy skills gained in a student's home language are actually transferable to English and any other language a child speaks.
A TYPICAL DAY AT ISLA
Our goal is to foster a sense of pride and love for Hispanic/Latino culture in our free, Spanish heritage language classes. The curriculum includes strategies based on the Hispanic/Latin American educational model that incorporates the stories, traditions and geography of Spanish-speaking countries into each lesson.
INQUIRY AND EXPLORATION
We believe we all learn best when we are actively experiencing the world. ISLA's classes are inquiry-based and guided by our students' interests and curiosity. We also believe that students acquire a deeper knowledge through active exploration of real-world challenges and problems through project based learning.
ISLA uses an integrated interdisciplinary approach to teach language, while supporting students’ development of their cultural identities. We work across disciplines to draw upon literacy, arts and STEM as students work through authentic, real-world learning experiences.
Maria Lucia Bernal Quintero
Pre-K (3) Lead Teacher
Pre-K (3) Assistant
Pre-K (4) Lead Teacher
Pre-K (4) Assistant
Kindergarten Lead Teacher
Julia S. Arriaga
1st Grade Lead Teacher
Ingrid Stephanie Petrovich
1st Grade Assistant
2nd Grade Lead Teacher
3rd Grade Lead Teacher
3rd Grade Assistant
Evelia Brenis Escamilla
4th Grade Lead Teacher
Maria Guadalupe Franco
4th Grade Assistant
5th Grade Lead Teacher
Blanca de Fatima Gonzalez
5th Grade Assistant
Veronica Lisset Garcia
6th & 7th Grade Lead Teacher
6th & 7th Grade Assistant
8th & 9th Grade Lead Teacher
8th & 9th Grade Assistant
1.You have to apply your child to the program.
2. Automatically the student will be on the waiting list. Due to many reasons the program already started or all the classrooms are full.
3. Once the new school year starts. A staff member will be contacting you to set up a meeting to do an interview for the student. The interview is only to see if the student has an understanding in Spanish.
4. A few days after the interview you will be receiving an email letting you know if your child is excepted to ISLA los sábados.
Classes are held in Saint Thomas More Elementary School building. Due to COVID-19 the classes are online.
Due to limited capacity, we can only accept 20 children per class. When you register, your child. They will be placed on a waiting list. A staff will then contact you to schedule an interview.
If you're child understand Spanish but cannot speak it they still qualify to be in ISLA los sábados.
Being on the waiting list means that all the classes are full right now or ISLA los sábados already started once the new school year starts a staff member will contact you for an interview.
No, the program is free
Yes you can.