Digital Learning Center For The Gifted

Explore Digital Learning Center and Gifted programs.

Features:

  • Teaching that is student centered with the instructor acting as a resource and guide.

  • Integration of core academic coursework & standards through thematic relationships and dichotomies.

  • Inquiry and project-based learning for exploring themes

  • Extensive collaboration for student-produced outcomes

  • A global perspective that cultivates 21st-century learners

Watch a United Parent Council presentation on "Benefits of Second Language Immersion Education."

Dual Language Spanish Immersion (DLSI)

All periods are 46-49 minutes each.  DLSI consists of 3 periods each year.

DLSI Spanish 7th (Spanish 1-2): This course, taught in Spanish, focuses on using Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons and Communities to meet the world language standards.  Spanish is learned and practiced by integrating culture into the whole language instruction process. District’s adopted curriculum Senderos 1 is used in this class.

DLSI Honors Social Studies 7th:  This course, taught in Spanish, focuses on project-based learning of American history, current events, and community service.  There is emphasis on the westward movement, Civil War, immigration and WWI to WWII.  Students will demonstrate higher-level thinking and analysis as to the different perspectives of events during these periods of history. 

DLSI Honors Science 7th: This course, taught in Spanish, is presented within the new three dimensions of science and it focuses on cells, life and body systems, the water cycle and Earth’s climate, force and motion, and electromagnetism.  The students are involved in all aspects of the class including lectures, experiments, projects, presentations and computer-based activities. District’s adopted curriculum available in Spanish is used in this class.

DLSI Spanish 8th (Spanish 3-4): This course, taught in Spanish, places greater emphasis on grammar and writing skills in Spanish while continuing to focus on the five C's: Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons and Communities.  Spanish is learned and practiced by integrating culture into the whole language instruction process.  District’s adopted curriculum Senderos 2 is used in this class.

DLSI Honors Social Studies 8th: This course, taught in Spanish, focuses on project-based learning of American history, current events, and community service.  There is an emphasis on the evolution of American government, Civil Rights and history from WWII to the contemporary world. Students will demonstrate higher-level thinking and analysis as to the deeper social ramifications of events during these periods of history. 

DLSI Honors Science 8th: This course, taught in Spanish, is presented within the new three dimensions of science and focuses on energy, matter and properties of matter, geological time and natural hazards, and reproduction of organisms.  The students are actively involved in all aspects of the class including lectures, experiments, projects, presentations and computer-based activities.  District’s adopted curriculum available in Spanish is used in this class.

Dual Language Mandarin Immersion (DLMI)

Both periods are 46-49 minutes each.  DLMI consists of 2 periods each year.

Mandarin Language Arts 7th: This course, taught in Mandarin, focuses on using Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons and Communities to meet the world language standards.  Mandarin is learned and practiced by integrating culture into the whole language instruction process.  This course is also designed to help develop the essential skills of the 21st century such as presentation skill, teamwork skill and leadership skill to prepare students for their next stage of learning through assignments and in-class works.

Chinese Culture 7th: This course, taught in Mandarin, will consist of a thematic exploration of various themes including, but not limited to, holidays, festival and customs, China in the past including great historical figure, inventors, etc., and finally, China in the present including an exploration of modern media and communication.

Mandarin Language Arts 8th: This course, taught in Mandarin, focuses on using Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons and Communities to meet the world language standards.  Mandarin is learned and practiced by integrating culture into the whole language instruction process.  This course is also designed to help develop the essential skills of the 21st century such as presentation skill, teamwork skill and leadership skill to prepare students for their next stage of learning through assignments and in-class works.

Chinese Culture 8th: This course, taught in Mandarin, will consist of a thematic exploration of various themes including, but not limited to the culinary arts of China, science and technology and the global challenges we currently are facing etc., and finally, the rise of China as an important actor on the global stage and the opportunities and challenges it brings to the global community.