Balboa School is excited to announce the opening of our dual-curriculum elementary school! The program is designed for optimal achievement in Mandarin and English languages, where students can achieve sophisticated language development through direct instruction, engaging classroom activities, and songs, in a caring environment with active student involvement and participation.
Classroom instruction is evenly divided between two high quality classroom teachers following the 50/50 English/Mandarin model. The English-speaking teacher uses half of the instruction day to teach English language arts curriculum. The Chinese-speaking teacher uses the other half of the day to teach Chinese language arts, including reading, speaking, writing and listening, while integrating elements of Chinese literature and culture. Both teachers teach core subjects such as math, social studies, science, and other topics from the California Core Curriculum.
Students will conduct hands-on activities in fundamental science and engineering, along with reading, writing, and literature. You will be amazed at how quickly your child becomes a comfortable and competent Mandarin speaker!
Mandarin schools have plenty of benefits for students and parents. “In the last 20 years or so, there’s been a virtual explosion of research on bilingualism,” says Judith Kroll, a professor at the University of California. Research has found the benefits include enhanced:
3. Reading comprehension
4. School performance and engagement
5. Diversity and integration
Other benefits to language learning and bilingualism, some of which are unique to Mandarin schools, include:
Math skills: Studies indicate that learning Mandarin can help children acquire early math skills. In particular, students learn both basic number concepts and calculation skills (e.g., addition, subtraction, etc.). At Balboa School, students can accelerate their math skills as they learn using Singapore Math®.
Learning music: Mandarin is a tonal language that can naturally help with music abilities. Exposing them to musical tones as young children, can help them learn and develop music skills faster than others. In fact, studies show that learning a tonal language helps kids to better perceive pitch.
Cognitive development: Studying Mandarin opens pathways in the brain which can help improve a wide range of intellectual and academic skills, such as logical reasoning, reading comprehension, and focus. Studying Mandarin stimulates different parts of the brain because it is very different than English in sound, tone, and script. A recent UK study indicated that Mandarin learners use both parts of the brain, unlike English, which focuses on the temporal lobe.
Cultural literacy: Learning a new language exposes students to new cultures. As we become a more global society, students can use their cultural literacy to teach tolerance and help others recognize the importance of treating other cultures equally and fairly.
Balboa School is a fully accredited private school that has been teaching students from across the county, including GATE and gifted students, for over twenty years. Students at Balboa School are challenged while being provided the guiding support necessary for high achievement. We are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and AdvancED, the world’s largest education organization.
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If you’re from beautiful San Diego, and would like to have your child excel at our private Elementary school, please visit us at:
855 Brotherton Rd.,
Escondido, CA. 92025
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