El Colegio engages students in challenging, profound learning experiences that integrate research-based teaching strategies with Latino culture and traditions. All staff, students, and families in the El Colegio community will appreciate the value of proficiency in two languages, high academic expectations, and cross-cultural understanding. We base our education approach on the following core values:
Dual Language Literacy
Academic success for students is the key purpose for our school. Dual language (Spanish/English) education is critical for students’ academic success and personal growth, so first and second language instruction in both English and Spanish is a foundation of our program.
We have trained language teachers who are experts at teaching literacy, including effective writing, speaking, reading comprehension, and critical thinking. Furthermore, teachers in all content areas engage in ongoing professional development to improve their skills in this area. We believe students learn best (particularly ELL students) when skills and concepts are connected across traditional academic disciplines. Therefore, we teach literacy skills in specific language arts courses and integrate literacy instruction across the curriculum.
Art education is essential to the development of a creative, fully-developed mind. Therefore, the teaching of art and the integration of art across the curriculum is an important component of our program. Art is a tool, not only for increasing students’ expressive and creative skills, but also to deepen learning in other areas of study.
Cultural traditions are part of every education. At El Colegio students explore culture and its impact on learning and life by engaging in community cultural practices, exploring their own cultures, learning about other cultures, and investigating and participating in the ongoing creation of culture in our society and world.
Research-Based Teaching Methodology
We use research-proven methodologies as a basis for our work. Where research is lacking we will add to the body of research on effective practices for teaching and learning. We believe that collecting and analyzing data is essential to informing and improving teaching practices. Teachers collect data to assess student growth and inform instruction.
All students can succeed when they are treated as individuals and are allowed to bring their unique and innate gifts to the learning process. The small setting of El Colegio allows staff to interact with students in very individualized ways. Our advisory system and student to staff ratio of 8 to 1 create a structure that ensures each student has a least one adult in the school with whom they connect. Advisors not only help students set goals and develop a plan for graduation, but also they work with students and parents to track that progress.
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