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To create a World of Learning for our students, over 86% of whom are students of color and over 32% speak English as their second language. More than two thirds of the students are eligible for free or reduced lunch programs. Many of our parents are new immigrants to the United States. They come from Vietnam, China, Laos, Mexico, Guatemala, Somalia and others and struggle to understand this new and complex culture.
Beacon Hill Elementary (K-5) is located in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Seattle offering full-day Kindergartens, team teaching in an Open Concept space, English-as-a-Second language specialists, as well as many other support services. BHIS offers three key programs: Spanish/English Dual Language Immersion, Chinese Mandarin/English Partial Language Immersion and an English Language Immersion, with students in the programs spending half the school day studying and working in a new language taught by native speakers while also advancing their academic skills in core curriculum of reading, writing, math and science.
Our curricular focus is one of integration, balance and high expectation. We offer a balanced literacy approach to reading instruction in which many reading choices are offered to our students, and conversations about literature and comprehension are an important element of instruction. Our other curricular areas include math with a focus on problem-solving and higher-level thinking skills' hands-on, interactive science, writing across all subject areas; and a strong program of extra-curricular subjects of art, music, and physical education.