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.

WHAT IS HERITAGE LANGUAGE?

1

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.

2

Maintaining a heritage language is important for children and grandchildren of immigrants to connect them culturally and linguistically to their ancestors/family history.

3

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

CULTURAL
EDUCATION

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.

INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACH

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.

FACTS ABOUT ISLA LOS SABADOS

+150

Students

+60 HOURS

Classes of Cultural Immersion

YOGA

Parents

+14

Countries

+1800 Hours

Volunteers

+70 Videos

In Youtube for Kids

AND MORE ACTIVITIES

STAFF 2020-21

Maria Lucia Bernal Quintero
Pre-K (3) Lead Teacher 

Marianella Benites
Pre-K (3) Assistant

Andrea Hernandez
Pre-K (4)  Lead Teacher

Miriam Guerrero
Pre-K (4) Assistant 

Maria Jaime-Ledesma 
Kindergarten Lead Teacher

Yanis Ramírez
Kindergarten Assistant 

Julia S. Arriaga
1st Grade Lead Teacher

Ingrid Stephanie Petrovich
1st Grade Assistant 

Cristina Rodriguez
2nd Grade Lead Teacher

Patricia Gómez
3rd Grade Lead Teacher

Marcela Calderon
3rd Grade Assistant 

Evelia Brenis Escamilla
4th Grade Lead Teacher

Maria Guadalupe Franco
4th Grade Assistant

Indira Crespo-Bautista
5th Grade Lead Teacher

Blanca de Fatima Gonzalez
5th Grade Assistant

Veronica Lisset Garcia
6th & 7th Grade Lead Teacher

​Jacqueline Salazar
6th & 7th Grade Assistant

Melissa Smolski
8th & 9th Grade Lead Teacher

Jacqueline Salazar
8th & 9th Grade Assistant

TESTIMONIALS

Frequently asked questions

How is the sign up process for my kid?

Where are the classes held?

Once I register my child(ren), does that mean that they have been admitted to the program?

My child does not speak Spanish but does understand it. Does he/she qualify for ISLA Los Sábados?

I'm on the waitlist, what does that mean?

Is there a cost to this program?

My child is not 3 yet, but can I go ahead and put him/her on the waitlist?