The El Velero Spanish Immersion Program is a Kindergarten through 4th grade curriculum in a bilingual Spanish immersion environment and continues at Sakai Intermediate School for 5th/6th integrated Spanish Language Arts. It is located at Ordway Elementary School in the Bainbridge Island School District. The program was launched in 2012 and currently has approximately 110 students and has grown in enrollment each year. The students follow the same district curriculum as all the elementary schools, but in a bilingual immersion environment.
Four classes are be offered: Kindergarten, First, Second, a 3rd/4th multi-age class and integrated Spanish Language Arts at Sakai. Students learn to understand, speak, read, and write in Spanish. The goal of the program is to give students the opportunity to become proficient in both Spanish and English while learning the common core standards required of all students in the district.
For more information about the program, visit the frequently asked questions on this site or call (206) 842-7637.