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International Spanish Academy

International Spanish Academy

The International Spanish Academy (ISA) and the Spanish Embassy, the Consulate in San Francisco and the Department of Education in Spain work together with California Department of Education, NVLA, HMS and NHS to create a continuum of learning for dual-immersion students.

What are International Spanish Academies (ISA)?
The "International Spanish Academies" (ISA) are educational institutions in the U.S. and Canada, of all non-university academic levels (Pre-K, Elementary, Middle and High School), of recognized academic prestige that follow (with or a part of their student body) an integrated curriculum of Spanish language and content. In order to join the ISA network, the institutions have signed an agreement of collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport. North American K-12 schools that implement any model of syllabus that utilizes an integrated learning methodology of content and language in Spanish (CLIL).

Why is Harvest in the ISA network?
Napa Valley Language Academy, Harvest Middle School, and Napa High School create a continuum of learning for dual-immersion students. The ISA program is a pathway for students to obtain their official seal of biliteracy on their diploma open graduating high school. At HMS, all students take leveled Spanish Language and Literature and Individuals and Societies in Spanish. The language program provides:

  • Rigorous Curriculum in Spanish
  • Gain proficiency in Spanish while supporting mother tongue and cultural heritage
  • Enable students to develop a multiliteracy skills
  • Foster curiosity, inquiry and lifelong language learning.

Benefits of being in the ISA network

  • Visiting Teachers:
    - The ISA are given priority in the hiring of Visiting Teachers, attending to the particular demands of each institutions faculty with specialization in the subjects taught in Spanish. Harvest has two visiting teachers at the moment: Tanausú de la Fe & Mónica Fernández.
  • Spanish Language and Cultural Assistants:
    - Preferential placement in the institutions that comprise the network of the Spanish Language and Cultural Assistants that are selected annually by the Spanish Ministry of Education Office MECD.
  • Professional development activities for teachers:
    - Courses in Spanish universities
    - Conferences, seminars/courses in the U.S. and Canada
  • Seminars for principals.
  • Teaching materials and resources:
    - Access for teachers of Spanish to didactic resources online as well as to materials from the Spanish Resource Centres (SRC) in their area.
  • Educational council.
  • The Diplomas in Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE) The Diplomas in Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE), granted by Instituto Cervantes on behalf of the Ministry of Education of Spain, are official certificates that indicate the degree of competence and mastery of Spanish. The DELE examinations have been designed following the guidelines of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) of the Council of Europe. Accordingly, there are six levels of competence: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2. The examination provides for all the different variants of the Spanish language.  
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