Horace Mann's Dual Language Magnet Program offers kindergarten through eighth grade students an opportunity to get a quality education in a caring environment while learning both Spanish and English.
All day kindergarten (half in English, half in Spanish) provides a solid foundation for reading, writing and math. Students start in kindergarten, first, and second grade using a language immersion model where 50% of the classroom instruction is in English and 50% is in Spanish. As teachers incorporate the district and state reading and math standards into the English and Spanish instruction, students are taught early on to think, talk, read, and write in both English and Spanish. Students quickly learn how to switch between languages and apply their learning in their academics and friendships.
Intermediate students in the third through fifth grades expand their knowledge in Spanish and English as they rotate between their English Language Arts, Spanish Language Arts (including social studies), and Spanish Mathematics (including science). In addition, all elementary students continue receiving enrichment through music, physical education, art, library, technology, and Spanish classes that meet the district's standards.
Middle school students continue the academic excellence tradition with English Language Arts, English Mathematics, Spanish Science, and Spanish Social Studies. Electives include art, music, band, strings, physical education, Spanish technology, and Spanish which are nine week rotations for sixth graders and semester classes for seventh and eighth graders. In addition, middle school students have the opportunity to participate in district middle school activities including sports, National Academic League, STUCO, After School Program (enrichment classes and intramurals), dances, and other events.
In addition to the classroom academics and support students receive, Horace Mann is known for the many extra programs it provides for students to ensure a caring and connected community. Parents are encouraged to get involved with students with school wide activities including: Parent/Teacher Conferences, Fairs, Field Trips, Cinco de Mayo, the Parent Involvement Room, Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), Site Council, and classroom events. Horace Mann's gifted program provides enrichment in the classroom for academic enriched students. A warm and caring atmosphere in all classrooms is evident as teachers interact with students and parents on a daily basis helping to meet school wide needs. Honor Roll Assemblies help provide recognition of student achievement and honors.
Latchkey is available before and after school for parents needing to drop their children off early or pick them up after school hours. A school wide standardized dress (khaki pants and polor shirts) helps students focus on everyone working together to meet school objectives and goals.
To learn more about our Horace Mann program, please call us at 973-3100 to visit.