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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.
The big news is: Escuela Bilingüe Internacional (EBI) will offer a unique opportunity for non-Spanish speakers to enroll in their International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme beginning in the fall of 2020.
In the Fall of 2020, EBI will be saying bienvenidos to its first cohort of 6th and 7th graders with limited or no prior Spanish experience. Students with demonstrated strength in academics and curiosity for language and culture are encouraged to apply to EBI’s academically rigorous, international program to become more inspired to engage with, and thrive in an ever-changing world.
EBI’s International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program
The backbone of the EBI middle school program is the world renowned International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Program (MYP) — yes, we know that's a lot of acronyms! The MYP 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 in the East Bay that is authorized to offer both the Primary Years Program (PYP) and the Middle Years Program (MYP) for the International Baccalaureate (IB). The IB framework focuses on developing internationally-minded young people who are prepared to thrive in a diverse, changing world with character and empathy.
The language immersion model coupled with the IB Middle Years Program 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 is a myriad of cognitive and social benefits to learning in a second language. Learning in an immersive environment, in another language, is a wonderful way to have a foot in multiple worlds and experience cultures first hand. The richness of language and curriculum is further enhanced at EBI by the teachers, who represent 14 different countries, all having different linguistic and cultural roots.
EBI’s unique new program starting in Fall 2020, will allow rising 6th and 7th grade students to study Spanish as a cohort for 30% of their time and join the balance of students in the regular Middle Years Program for subjects taught in English. The small class sizes as a cohort allow for individualized attention in supporting language acquisition in Spanish while also offering the opportunity to have differentiated learning plans when in English classes with the balance of their grade.
“Being multilingual is no longer just a nice add-on, it really is now a prerequisite for success in the global economy. Our language program, combined with our focus on STEM and our designated design lab, truly make this an outstanding opportunity for students,” says Head of Middle School, Daniel Nube.
EBI is the only Spanish/English bilingual International Baccalaureate school on the West Coast. Spanish is the most spoken non-English language in the United States and California. Spanish is a language for today and a language for tomorrow!
Visit and experience EBI for yourself
Middle School Tours
Visit Escuela Bilingüe Internacional during an upcoming IB Middle School Program tour on 12/4, 12/11 or 1/8 from 8:45 to 10:15 am.
Middle School Info Nights
Get all your questions answered when you attend our Information Session on 12/7 from 10 am to 12:30 pm where the entire family is invited to come learn more about our curriculum and experience actual classes being taught by the Middle School Teachers!
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Tours and information sessions will be held at the San Pablo campus, at 4550 San Pablo Ave. Please visit the website or contact the Admissions Office for more information and to confirm your attendance at these events. EBI looks forward to meeting your family!
This post was sponsored by EBI. Learn more about the school at their website: ebinternacional.org.