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I.B. curriculum, and learning starts young. The primary school (grades K-5) is a dual language academy where students are taught in both English and their choice of Spanish, French or German. “Foreign language isn’t the subject, but rather the vehicle for instruction,” says Jennifer Weyburn, Interim Head of Middle School and mom to a kindergartner at the school. The dual language or two-way immersion approach means that students are taught completely in English one day, and the next day all instruction is in the foreign language of their choice. The school currently offers Spanish, French, German, Chinese and Latin. Next year, AIS plans to open an early learning center that will offer a language-immersion program beginning at age 3.

The Lovett School (lovett.org) At this independent K-12 academy, students are exposed to both Spanish and French, beginning in kindergarten. Firstgraders choose a language and study it three to four times a week (depending on grade level) until fifth grade. They also participate

that explores all of the languages the school offers – Spanish, French, Chinese (Mandarin) and Latin. The course is designed to help them choose which language track they would like to pursue. From seventh grade forward, students deepen their understanding of their chosen foreign language. There are also ample travel opportunities for cultural enrichment. For example, Siempre Verde is the school’s cloud forest research center in Ecuador that offers hands-on science instruction as well as full immersion in South American culture.

Seigakuin Atlanta International School  (seig.ac.jp) Tabula Rasa – The Language Academy

in a month-long Chinese language and culture program each year. “I think what really sets us apart is our students’ exposure to so many different languages,” says Jen Sarginson, associate director of communications at Lovett. As students enter middle school in the sixth grade, they take a “world languages” course

Japanese language and culture is at the heart of this small private school in Doraville. In fact, students follow the same curriculum as their counterparts in Japan. Seigakuin is accredited by the Japanese Ministry of Education and designed to meet the needs of students who may at some point study in Japan. However, the school adapts the curriculum to follow Georgia standards as well. While most of the instruction in the Cont’d on page 68

Beginning in Prekindergarten,

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January 2012    Atlanta Parent 67


January 2012