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.
Melissa Smolski Maestra
Miriam Saavedra Asistente
Maria Jaime Ledesma Maestra
Ana Aguilar Asistente
Maria Antonia Pardo Asistente
Evelyn Puertos Fernandez Maestra
Guadalupe Franco Asistente
Blanca Gonzalez Maestra
Edith DeJesus Sanchez Asistente
Julia Suárez Arriaga Maestra
Jacqueline Salazar Asistente
Cristina Rodriguez Castro Maestra
Germa Sanchez Asistente
Evelia Brenis Escamilla Maestra
Sonia Ramirez Asistente
5TO Y 6TO
Alexander Chavez Sabala Maestro
Lisset Garcia Asistente
7MO Y 8VO
Soledad Oneto Maestra
Livia Ortiz Vázquez Asistente
9NO - 12VO
Sandra López Franco Maestra
How is the sign up process for my kid?
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.
Where are the classes held?
Classes are held in Saint Thomas More Elementary School building. Due to COVID-19 the classes are online.
Once I register my child(ren), does that mean that they have been admitted to the program?
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.
My child does not speak Spanish but does understand it. Does he/she qualify for ISLA Los Sábados?
If you're child understand Spanish but cannot speak it they still qualify to be in ISLA los sábados.
I'm on the waitlist, what does that mean?
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.
Is there a cost to this program?
No, the program is free
My child is not 3 yet, but can I go ahead and put him/her on the waitlist?
Yes you can.