Irish Elementary School

A Dual Language School

Mission and Vision

Vision

Irish Elementary students will transition to middle school bilingual, biliterate, and bicultural with a strong foundation of 21st century learning skills to be successful in a diverse, multilingual, global society.

Mission

We are here to nurture every Irish Elementary student to his/her full academic, social and emotional potential through diverse language and learning experiences that build 21st century skills.

Our Beliefs About Student Learning

We believe that our students:

  • learn best through opportunities for personal exploration and for communication with others.
  • learn best, through explicit modeling of important concepts, with high quality instruction in an environment of high expectation and mutual respect.
  • achieve their greatest potential in a safe, non-threatening environment where students’ basic needs are met and a positive relationship exists between students, instructors, family, and community.
  • are intrinsically motivated to learn when concepts are presented within authentic contexts that respect the varied learning styles within a classroom.
  • are academically successful when their native language is valued, developed, maintained and used as a bridge to access their second language.
  • most effectively learn a second language when they are consistently provided quality instruction from educators who conscientiously employ strategies based on best practices research in the area of second language acquisition.
  • will be motivated to learn when they are empowered to respect their heritage and the heritage of others while in an environment that prepares them to be life-long learners in a multicultural world.
  • benefit from a consistent implementation of a developmentally appropriate school-wide behavior plan that allows students and teachers to focus on learning.
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