Welcome to Oaklawn Language Academy
Our Mission: Oaklawn
Language Academy is united and committed to providing a high-quality
education in a language immersion environment. Students embrace
diversity and become responsible leaders who demonstrate integrity in a
Vision: Empowering globally minded leaders in a multicultural world.
WHO WE ARE:
Oaklawn Language Academy is a full magnet program offering language immersion education in
Spanish for grades K – 8. Oaklawn was selected as the 2012 Dr. Ronald
P. Simpson Distinguished Magnet Schools of Excellence Award winner,
naming us the top magnet school in the nation by Magnet Schools of
America. Oaklawn has also been designated by Magnet Schools of America
as a “School of Distinction” or a “School of Excellence” every year
immersion education uses a foreign language as the medium of
instruction for the Common Core and Essential Standards. Research
confirms that the benefits of language immersion education go beyond
acquiring a foreign language to improving skills in math and science in
the higher grades. It has the added benefit of broadening students’
horizons to encompass the whole world as a place of opportunity.
goal at Oaklawn is to promote high academic achievement in literacy,
and proficiency in both languages, while enhancing the levels of
cultural awareness and sensitivity of our students.
school’s vision focuses on the promotion of bilingualism, bi-literacy
and multicultural proficiency through global and diverse learning,
rigor, relevance and engagement. The outcome is a student body made up
of not only capable scholars but ones who respect and value others’
points of view, ethnic, national and cultural differences.
staff, parents, and community partners are united and committed to
providing a high quality education in a language immersion environment.
Students undertake a rigorous curriculum in two languages, embrace
diversity and become responsible leaders demonstrating integrity in a
certified native Spanish educators come from Spanish speaking countries
from all over the world including: Chile, Columbia, Puerto Rico,
Panama, Columbia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Mexico, and
Spain. This genuine diversity leads to effective language acquisition
and cultural exposure due to firsthand knowledge of the language and
culture by our educators.
WHAT WE DO WHAT WE DO
language immersion program is designed as a dual language program.
Instruction of all core subjects occurs in Spanish at the kindergarten
level, giving our beginner students maximum exposure to the target
language by providing 100% immersion. In later grades the percentage
changes to 50-50 achieving literacy in both languages.
Oaklawn Model for Spanish Immersion
Spanish / English
100% (core subjects)
Grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Grades 6, 7, 8 Immersion
Grades 6, 7, 8 Late Entry
Spanish 1 Part I/II-Spanish 2
middle school offers two strand choices for students, an Immersion and a
Late Entry strand. The Immersion strand continues the elementary
program by providing native speaker instruction, Social Studies, and
Math in Spanish. In this strand Science, Language Arts and electives
are taught in English. Our late entry middle school strand offers
Spanish 1 part I and part II as well as Spanish II at the high school
level. All other subjects are taught in English. This strand is for
students who did not participate in our elementary immersion program but
want to learn Spanish.
Students in either program can earn up to two high school credits for Spanish classes taken in our middle school.
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO JOIN OUR PROGRAM?
All students can apply to our program through the CMS Magnet lottery. There is an entrance requirement for grades 1st-5th grades and middle school. Students wishing to enroll in 1st-5th grade
must pass a grade level Spanish placement exam due to the language
requirements for success in those grades. Students applying to middle
school must have scored level III on their prior year Reading EOGs in
order to meet magnet entrance criteria.
Full Magnet Program
Grey and Violet Transportation Zones
We are a uniform school.
Click here to read more information about the benefits of a Spanish Immersion Program: Why Spanish?
Click here to read frequently asked questions about language immersion facts: Language Immersion FAQs