Known locally as EBI, private school Escuela Bilingüe Internacional is our sponsor today.
For East Bay Families looking for a school that will nurture their child's natural curiosity in a loving environment, EBI offers an inspiring play-based pre-kinder program in which young learners are encouraged to explore, create and learn from each other.
Pre-kinder is where the love for learning begins! Using a positive approach to learning through play, EBI provides its youngest students with an introduction to the school environment. Children explore, create, and interact with others through a variety of learning experiences with the overarching goal to provide a loving and safe environment where children can grow in all areas: social, emotional, intellectual and physical. In pre-kinder the foundation is laid for many important life skills.
“Both last year and this year we have been knocked out by the quality of our son's Pre-K teachers. They are truly masters at what they do – they command the class with warmth, a firm but gentle hand, and know how to engage each child with attention and care. We're friends with founding families so we've been able to watch EBI kids graduate, move on to to top high schools and thrive. Though the school is only 12 years old, it is already a place that produces intellectually engaged and truly community minded students.” ~ Kyla Kupferstein.
Naturally flowing into the complete Spanish bilingual education with an international spirit, EBI continues from Pre-K through 8th grade at two East Bay campuses. Pre-K through first grade are in Rockridge, while second through 8th grade are in Emeryville. EBI is the only school in the East Bay that is authorized to offer both the Primary Years Program and Middle Years Program of the International Baccalaureate (IB). The IB focuses on developing internationally-minded, young people who will help make the world a better place.
As a parent, I value the trend toward social emotional education, my kids and I really benefit. I want my children to learn and grow by exploring their natural curiosity whenever possible. Families will appreciate the loving and supportive EBI teachers who are so passionate about what they do. EBI teachers receive training in constructivist teaching, positive discipline, anti-bias classroom practices and mindfulness. Students at EBI engage in learning about topics of global significance such as caring for living things, protecting the environment, learning about families and respecting difference, learning how communities work and our role in them. EBI places a strong focus on social-emotional development and emphasizes that personal well-being is the stepping stone for academic learning.
At EBI, students learn in an immersive Spanish language environment, where they begin their journey of cultural awareness with native Spanish-speaking teachers from 14+ countries. Our friend's child, age four, can often be heard singing Spanish songs in the back yard as he plays. With the addition of Mandarin in 3rd grade, students expand their cultural and linguistic competencies in languages other than English. Graduates of EBI have conversational skills in Mandarin and are fully literate in Spanish and English. How fantastic is that?!
Plan your visit to Escuela Bilingüe Internacional play-based preschool
If you are looking for a perfect-fit school for Fall 2018, visit EBI to see if it might be right for your family. If you want a taste of the programming check out the summer camp or free Spanish storytime. We've heard that they are great, too!
Curious parents should know about these upcoming pre-kindergarten and kindergarten tours:
Tuesday, May 15
Tuesday, May 29
Tuesday, June 5
Pre-K, K, and 1st grade campus is the EBI Oakland Campus 410 Alcatraz Ave., Oakland
Schedule a visit or email Liza Sanchez at firstname.lastname@example.org. They look forward to meeting your family!
[All photos provided by EBI and used with permission]