How a Bilingual Education Can Help Your Child Succeed

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Living in New Mexico, we are so fortunate to be exposed to many different cultures. I always feel so fortunate to be exposed to so many different people, languages, and foods. My grandparents were native Spanish speakers, and I am embarrassed to say that I am not fluent, although it’s always been a goal of mine.

According to the 2010 U.S. Census, one in five people in Rio Rancho speaks a language other than English at home. One in six speaks Spanish at home. In New Mexico, it feels especially important to have an understanding of both English and Spanish.

At thirty something, learning a new language feels a bit daunting, but children pick up language skills quickly.

Learning a second language can play a key role in academic readiness and success in the classroom. Having your child speak in both English and Spanish exposes them to cultural diversity and brings so many incredible opportunities. Not to mention it also looks great on a resume. 

Giving your child a bilingual education can fast track them to success.

Bilingual education provides cognitive benefits to your child. It gives them critical thinking skills and connects them to different cultures, gives them better problem-solving skills, improves reading comprehension, improves memory, and improves social skills. I could keep going here, but you get the picture.

A bilingual education is an incredible opportunity.

Sandoval Academy of Bilingual Education (SABE), located in Rio Rancho, uses a dual language learning program to immerse students in both English and Spanish languages. Their 50:50 Dual Language Immersion program maintains 50% of instruction in Spanish and 50% in English throughout the day. Their K-8th Grade model focuses on English Language Arts, Math, and Science & Social Studies in English. Spanish Language Arts and Science & Social Studies are in Spanish.

Bilingual programs are engaging and stimulating alternatives to traditional public school.

Dual Language programs, like the one at SABE, enrich education by weaving in language, culture, and additional stimuli in a second language. Students who learn in a dual language setting have the opportunity to be challenged by a second language. Their skills and development are enhanced by the additional stimuli a second language provides. The additional stimuli in a second language challenge students to think, communicate, and problem-solve in two languages, which provides a cognitive workout and enhances overall academic performance.

The distinctive, educator-developed curriculum at SABE aligns with the Common Core State Standards in language arts, math, the New Mexico Social Studies Standards and the Next Generation Science standards. Their goal is to better their students both in and out of the classroom.

SABE focuses on three personal standards to help develop critical thinking skills and encourage a growth mindset: Solving Problems, Making Good Decisions, and Showing Respect. 

What’s more, bilingual programs are beneficial for both native English speakers and native Spanish speakers alike. 

Exposing your child to different cultures and opportunities is so important, especially in the Land of Enchantment. A bilingual education is a great way to do that.

If this sounds like something that may be a good fit for your family, I would encourage you to schedule a tour today. You can also check out one of their open houses on March 5 or 12 from 5:30-6:30 pm. 


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