Raymond Isola, the principal at Sanchez Elementary, told prospective parents yesterday that the potential exists for a new Spanish immersion pathway at Sanchez Elementary if enough currently assigned and attendance area parents voice their interest now. Sanchez currently has general education and Spanish biliteracy pathways and has authorization from the SFUSD to create a new pathway starting in September that is currently slated as general education. The proposal is to make that new pathway a Spanish dual-immersion program.
Sanchez has the components in place to offer an incredibly rich immersion experience: a strong Spanish-speaking/Latino parent community, bilingually-trained teachers who already teach in the biliteracy pathway, bilingual staff, and a knowledgeable, open-minded, energetic principal. Sanchez is a sweet school located centrally in the Castro/Upper Market/Duboce Triangle neighborhood. It offers a computer lab, a credentialed science teacher to help supplement each class, an active greening project with a vertical garden, and a bilingual Reggio Emilia Pre-Kindergarten Program. The school day goes from 7:50 am to 4 pm with a free enrichment program from 3-4 pm that includes Playworks, art, dance, computers, study skill development, and Spanish as a second language. The free after school program runs from 4-6 pm. Several currently-assigned families have liked what we've seen at Sanchez and enthusiastically support creating a new Spanish immersion pathway. With Spanish immersion programs at 147% capacity in San Francisco, our community needs another Spanish immersion program, especially one with the key elements already in place.
If you are interested in Spanish immersion at Sanchez, please e-mail Dr. Isola ASAP to voice your support for this option (firstname.lastname@example.org). This is especially important if you are a currently registered or assigned parent and/or live in the Sanchez attendance area. If you were assigned to the school in Round 1 but did not register, please consider registering and/or communicating your thoughts to the principal. If you wanted a Spanish immersion program in Round 1 and would consider putting Sanchez on your list for Round 2, please show your support for this option by emailing Dr. Isola. "Si, se puede!"