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Students learn how to read in both English and Spanish.

Students Excelling In New Horizons Dual Language Spanish Academy

By Gina M. Capone

The Dual Language International Spanish Academy Program at New Horizons Elementary School in Wellington educates students to become fully bilingual, biliterate and bicultural. According to Principal Dana Pallaria, the dual-language program at New Horizons allows her students to reach the high standards that are necessary for becoming productive members of the community. The dual language program at New Horizons has been in place for 15 years. The program partners with the Department of Education in Spain. With this partnership, New Horizons has become an international academy. This means that the school receives resources by way of visiting teachers from Spain,

who come to the United States for three years to teach not only the Spanish language, but also the culture of their home country. New Horizons was the first of three schools in Palm Beach County to receive this accreditation. For half the day, students receive education in English, while they learn in Spanish the other half. “At New Horizons, we have approximately 675 students,” Pallaria said. “Approximately 450 students are in the International Spanish Academy in kin-

dergarten through fifth grade. It is a full-immersion program. The students learn English and Spanish in both reading and science. There are multiple benefits to a dual-language program, she explained. “The reason we see it as being so important is that our students have the opportunity to excel in a foreign language,” Pallaria said. “The research shows that early entry into the International Spanish Academy, or any [foreign] language, produces very high SAT scores, which gives our students the benefit of getting into college. It increases listening skills, memory skills, and they have greater cognitive development.”

(Left) The New Horizons Flamenco dancing troupe performs at the Norton Museum of Art. (Right) New Horizons teacher Edie Tetrault celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with some of her students.

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