Root Academy offers daily Spanish language exposure and instruction for every student. Primary class students experience a fully immersive Spanish language morning circle and lunch period, as well as multiple other exposures to Spanish language and culture throughout the day. Lower Elementary students participate in a daily Spanish lesson as a group, and also complete various independent activities in Spanish. All Root Academy teachers are fluent in Spanish, and several are native speakers.

Inclusion of second language study enables students to experience different cultures and traditions and to develop an understanding of humanity that creates a dynamic and holistic perspective of the world, aside from the more traditionally understood benefits of second language learning.

Some additional benefits of foreign language immersion:

  • Enhanced levels of meta-linguistic awareness (i.e., knowledge of how language works), which has proven to be important to reading acquisition.
  • Improved performance versus monolingual students on tasks that call for divergent thinking, pattern recognition and problem solving.
  • Additional knowledge and understanding of one’s native language.
  • Greater understanding, tolerance, appreciation and respect for other languages and cultures.​
  • An ability to communicate with other ethnic and cultural groups.

Spanish Language