Spotlight on EBI International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme - 510 Families

Spotlight on EBI International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme

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Escuela Bilingüe Internacional (EBI) offers a PK-8 multilingual, international education that inspires students to engage with a changing global world with both character and empathy.

Escuela Bilingüe Internacional (EBI) offers a new opportunity for non-Spanish speakers to enroll in their International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme

In the Fall of 2020, EBI said bienvenidos to its first cohort of 6th graders with limited or no prior Spanish experience. Students with demonstrated strength in academics and curiosity for language and culture are participating in EBI’s academically rigorous, international program and are being inspired to engage with their changing world.

Visit their website to learn more about the program and to schedule a tour >>

EBI’s International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme

The backbone of the EBI middle school program is the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme. The Middle Years Programme provides a framework of learning that encourages students to become innovative, critical and reflective thinkers. It emphasizes intellectual challenge and encourages students to make connections between their studies and the real world.

EBI is the only school on the West Coast that is authorized to offer both the Primary Years Programme and the Middle Years Programme in Spanish and English for the International Baccalaureate. The IB framework focuses on developing internationally-minded young people who will thrive in a diverse, changing world with character and empathy.

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Left to right: 7th grade music presentation, students in class, Middle School Advisory, 8th graders in front of their class mural, art class, 6th graders on play structure | Courtesy of Escuela Bilingüe Internacional

EBI Philosophy

The language immersion model coupled with the IB Middle Years Programme reflects the school’s core values. All EBI middle school students take classes in Spanish and classes in English, which allows them a rich bilingual experience that is both academic and full of real-world communication. There are a myriad of cognitive and social benefits to learning in a second language. Becoming proficient in another language is a wonderful way to have a foot in multiple worlds and experience cultures first hand, such as reading world-class literature in its original language. The richness of language and curriculum is further enhanced at EBI by the teachers, who represent 15 different countries with different linguistic and cultural roots.

The new curriculum is structured for students to study subjects in Spanish as a cohort for 25% of their time and join the balance of students in the regular Middle Years Programme for the subject taught in English. EBI is the only Spanish/English bilingual International Baccalaureate school on the West Coast.

Students in the new international track will attend six accelerated Spanish language classes a week. Additionally, they will attend physical education and art as an immersion experience in Spanish. As students’ language skills progress, they may be eligible to take additional courses in Spanish. All students consistently study English-speaking subjects together.

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Seventh graders working on team work during their Catalina Island class trip. | Photo: EBI

Spanish is the most spoken non-English language in the United States and California.

Across the world, Mandarin, English, and Spanish are the most widely spoken languages. In the United States, amongst people ages 5 and older, Spanish is the most spoken non-English language with more than 37 million speakers. In a state like California, where ~30% of the people speak Spanish, having a deep understanding of the language and culture of Spanish-speaking people just makes sense.

“We are living in unprecedented times; empathy and preparation are more important now than ever. Our diverse community, together with the high academic standards and multilingualism curriculum of our International Baccalaureate, develop students that are knowledgeable, inquiring, and caring, ready to make the world a better place,” says Head of Middle School, Raquel Vizcaino.

Spanish is a language for today and a language for tomorrow!

Experience EBI for yourself

Join EBI for one of its many virtual opportunities to get to know the programs better. Sign up for an upcoming:

  • IB Middle School Program tour on 9/16, 9/30, 10/14 or 11/4 from 9:00-10:30 a.m.
  • Middle School Information Session on 10/1 or 11/17 from 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Be a Middle Schooler for a Morning (Mock classes) on 10/10 or 12/5 from 8-10:30 a.m.

Schedule an event today online or email EBI at for more Middle School information. They look forward to meeting your family!

This post was sponsored by EBI. Learn more about the school at their website:

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