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Silver Lake’s Micheltorena Elementary School

There will be a new English and Spanish duel language kindergarten program at Micheltorena Elementary School in Silver Lake. Many parents are excited about this since there are so few language immersion programs in Los Angeles’s eastside schools. In 2008 Aldama Elementary in Highland Park started a Spanish/English Dual language program which is thriving. Duel language programs are growing on California. These new programs are designed to blend English speakers and non-native speakers, to allow everyone to learn a second language.

According to the Huffington Post about 50,000 students are enrolled in dual-language programs in California, State Department of Education officials say, and about half of them are English learners. Ninety percent of the programs offer Spanish as the second language, followed by Mandarin (4 percent), Korean (3 percent) and other languages (3 percent).

Another big change at Micheltorena Elementary is that Citizens of the World Charter will be occupying five classrooms at the school. The focus of Citizens of the World is to create a national network of charter schools that reflect the socioeconomic, racial and cultural diversity of their communities and exemplify a rigorous, student-centered academic program. CWC will be on split campuses. Micheltorena  will be the home for the 2nd and 3rd grade classes, while kindergarten and 1st grade will be at Grant Elementary. With all the educational cutbacks, a growing number of parents are sending their kids to charter schools, LAUSD magnet schools, private schools, or home schooling. This recent trend has left a hole in public education, leaving many public schools without support. Smaller learning communities with a vision seem like the way of the future for LAUSD. What are your thoughts?


Micheltorena Elementary School’s organic school/community garden has replaced a parking lot with the help of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council.

Micheltorena Elementary School

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