Dual Language Academy opens in Valle Vista, Hemet

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Principal Tomas Chavez, accompanied by faculty and community leaders, marks the grand opening of Imagine Schools Hemet, Dec. 10 in Valle Vista. Valley News/Courtesy of Imagine Schools Hemet photo

VALLE VISTA – Parents, public officials and students gathered Dec. 10, for the grand opening of Imagine Schools Hemet, a new tuition-free dual language immersion school in Valle Vista.

Principal Tomas Chavez greeted attendees and turned the event over to the students, who showcased their bilingual skills by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in English and in Spanish. The morning continued with a performance by students who sang “Feliz Navidad” led by teachers Ms. Acosta and Mr. Aponte.

Students begin with 90% of their curriculum at Imagine Schools taught in Spanish and 10% in English. Gradually teachers incorporate more English, and by the sixth grade the students are taught equally in both languages. The daily academic program implements hands on activities to provide students with the tools needed to be successful in both languages.

“It takes a great team of people to mold the young minds of the future and equip them with the tools needed to be successful adults,” Monte Lang, executive vice president of Imagine Schools, said. “We are excited to bring our proven academic programs to Valle Vista and the Hemet region.”

Imagine Schools Hemet received approval from the Riverside County Board of Education, June 5, to open the campus. The Dual Language Academy has eight classrooms that can accommodate approximately 190 students from transitional kindergarten to first grade. Two-thirds of the students are English-first learners. Imagine Schools plans on expanding the campus in 2021 to welcome additional students and grade levels.

The daily academic program is systematic and consistent to provide students with the tools to be successful in both languages. Educating biliterate students with high levels of academic achievement and cross-cultural competency is the overarching goal of Imagine Schools.

Speaking to the parents at the grand opening, Tomas said, “Education is not merely measured by a score on a test, but by the development of each student’s character and habits needed to excel academically. This is accomplished through our dedicated and visionary teachers.”

Imagine Schools is a nonprofit charter school with 55 campuses in nine states and enrolls approximately 32,000 students nationwide. The Riverside County Board of Education approved Imagine Schools in 2011 as a countywide benefits charter. For more information, visit https://imaginehemet.org or call (951) 494-7100.

Submitted by Imagine Schools Hemet.