Archbishop Borders School, a Pre-K through 8th grade Catholic school in diverse southeast Baltimore, offers the first dual language program in the Archdiocese.
The dual language program, also known as a dual-immersion program, focuses on English and Spanish and is currently in place in Pre-Kindergarten 3 through 2nd grades. Each year a new grade is added to the program with the goal of full dual-language instruction through the 8th grade, producing graduates who have fluency and literacy in both English and Spanish. Currently, and in addition to the dual-language program, Archbishop Borders School offers Spanish classes multiple times a week for 3rd through 8th grades.
Boston College's TWIN-CS Program
Archbishop Borders School was recently chosen as one of 11 schools nationwide to participate in Boston College's Two-Way Immersion Network for Catholic Schools (TWIN-CS) Program. This is a cohort of schools selected to receive training and design support to build two-way immersion programs in their schools over the next two to three years. More information about TWIN-CS can be found at: http://.twin-cs.org.
"We are so excited to have been chosen to implement a dual language program at Archbishop Borders School," said Ms. Cathy Marshall, Principal. "Beginning this program in Pre-Kindergarten will allow our students a longer sequence of instruction and gives them the best path for emerging from 8th grade fluent in both languages. Younger children have the ability to develop language skills because they have better mental flexibly and improved memory and listening skills."
According to the National Dual Language Consortium, "Dual language programs foster bilingualism, biliteracy, enhanced awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity, and high levels of academic achievement. " As every parent knows, bilingualism and an appreciation of cultural diversity will only strengthen and increase our children's academic and professional opportunities as they come of age in an increasingly globalized economy and society. Archbishop Borders School is on the forefront of preparing your children for this future.
For More Information
To schedule a tour and interview for your child, please call or email Alicia Freeman, Director of Admissions and Development, at 410-276-6534 or afreeman@abbschoolcom. You may visit our website at www.abbschool.com for more information about our academic programs, application process, and community news and events.
Archbishop Borders School
3500 Foster Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21224