According to the U.S. Census, the United States has the second largest Spanish-speaking population in the world behind Mexico. With the rapidly changing demographics in this country, RUSD recognizes the need for our students to be bilingual and bi-literate at an early age.
Research shows that early language learning results in better pronunciation and higher levels of proficiency, as well as cognitive benefits associated with being bilingual.
The majority of foreign language programs in the United States do not start until middle school or even high school. In fact, only 15 percent of U.S. public elementary schools and 50 percent of private elementary schools offer any foreign language instruction.
Since 2005, The Foundation for Reed Schools has funded Spanish Language instruction at Bel Aire and Del Mar. This year, the program will begin at Reed School providing students from 2nd to 8th Grade with the opportunity to develop their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in Spanish. In addition, they will learn about different cultures from the Spanish-speaking world.