Spanish Dual Language Immersion Program
K-6 Spanish Exposure Classes
All Kindergarten students attend school for half day only, they participate in introductory Spanish language lessons as part of their curriculum.
Students in 1st through 6th grades, in exposure classes, are exposed to the Spanish language during Spanish class. As the year progresses teachers will add more and more Spanish to their instruction. Students may participate in class using either Spanish or English.
Students have 2 teachers during the year, an English-speaking teacher and a Spanish-speaking teacher, spending 50% of the school day with each teacher. Both teachers teach in English at the beginning of the year, but the Spanish teacher will begin to use more and more Spanish as the year progresses.
Students who are new to NDPA and have had no prior instruction in Spanish are placed in the exposure program for their first year.
K-6 Spanish Immersion
Students in 1st through 6th grades may participate in NDPA’s immersion program which is part of the Utah State Dual Language Immersion Program. Students spend 50% of their day with their English teacher and 50% of their day with their Spanish teacher. All communication by teachers and students in the Spanish immersion class is in Spanish.
Any student is welcome to apply for the immersion program regardless of their academic ability. Information regarding the process for enrollment in the immersion program for the next school year will be announced in NDPA…¡Qué Pasa! in April of each school year.
JR. High Spanish Classes
Spanish classes are required of all NDPA Jr High students every year. Beginning classes are offered for those students who have had no prior instruction in Spanish, advanced classes are available for students who are ready for a total immersion experience. Ninth graders have the opportunity to participate in the Spain Study Abroad program.
Most of our gifted students in the elementary school enroll in the Immersion program. English-speaking teachers also provide extension activities for students who need to be challenged.
The Jr. High curriculum offers some advanced classes, Honor’s Credit is available in every subject area.
Students with Special Needs
NDPA provides Special Education consistent with state and federal regulations.
Students with disabilities, who do not qualify for Special Education, may qualify for accommodations provided by a 504 Plan.
Title I services are also provided in the areas of reading and math to students with low achievement
North Davis Preparatory Academy Distance Learning Plan Summary
Key Elements of our Plan
• NDPA administers a dual-language Spanish /English program that focuses on bilingual and biliteracy skills while providing instruction on core subjects
• All students will have equal access to study materials for use at home, based upon need this is accomplished through the use of various devices, programs, methods for at home use
• Teachers will engage daily with students giving instruction, feedback, and when needed remediation through the primary or secondary LMS platform
NDPA Distance Learning Goals and Approach
North Davis Preparatory Academy is committed to providing the optimal learning experiences to all learners. Distance Learning will require students to access offline and online instructional opportunities from home or elsewhere in order to maintain instruction during school closures and the opportunity to continue the learning process. Student support by is facilitated by teachers communicating directly with students and families to share school content, assignments, due dates and more.
What Distance Learning and Teaching Looks Like
CANVAS serves as the primary LMS platform at North Davis Preparatory Academy, Microsoft Office Suite provides a secondary method of student/parent/teacher interface. Other web-based education platforms are used to provide enhanced learning opportunities, such as ALEKS math, Imagine Learning, etc. Curriculum content and daily lessons may be delivered in a variety of applications based on preexisting classroom use and the personalization of the video, recordings, books, documents and learning activities. Face to Face instruction is also incorporated as part of the blended learning environment in accordance with state statutes, protocols and student needs.
Keys to Success When Using Distance Learning
• Establish routines and expectations to maintain a familiar rhythm of the day.
• Balance screen time and non-screen time activities.
• Students should take brain breaks and move regularly as they engage in the activities and study.
• Parent/Guardian involvement discussing what your child is learning through open ended questions.
• Establish times for quiet and reflection.
• Remain mindful of your child’s stress.
Utah State Core Curriculum K-9
As a public charter school in the state of Utah, North Davis Preparatory Academy (NDPA) teaches all subjects required of the state core curriculum. All elementary students in grades K-6 are required to have language arts, math, science, social studies, art, and physical education. Students in the Jr. High take the same required classes plus elective classes. All NDPA students take Spanish classes.
NDPA students participate in all state testing; our test results are posted on the Utah State Board of Education website.
Patriotic, Civic, and Character Education
North Davis Preparatory Academy will promote student character education to reaffirm values and qualities of character which promote an upright and desirable citizenry. The civic education will help cultivate informed students, encourage responsible participation in political life, and promote the fundamental values and principles of representative democracy in Utah and the United States.
We will teach patriotic education as part of the social studies curricula. Examples of civic education include:
- History of the flag, etiquette, customs pertaining to the display and use of the flag, and other patriotic exercises;
- Role modeling patriotic values associated with the flag;
- Forms of government; and
- The Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.
NDPA students participate in all the state testing; our test results are posted on the USBE Data Gateway website.