Fronteras Spanish Immersion Charter School in Wasilla, Alaska, is a K-8 public school, where all students of the Mat-Su Valley School District are given admission free of charge. The school holds a lottery when there are more applicants than the spaces. It offers a Spanish immersion program, where subject matter is taught in Spanish. Each child in the school is nurtured through immersion in Spanish every single day.
The school has completed three years of operation, having opened in August 2008. Initially, the only Spanish Immersion Program was at Larson Elementary, but when it grew, it was clear that a more secure system was needed to ensure the continuity of the program. This led to the creation of Fronteras Spanish Immersion Charter School, which today has 200 students enrolled in various grades.
The school follows a multiage model and students from two or more grade-levels share classrooms, as this gives them the opportunity to participate in projects and activities at cross-grade level. They also remain with the same teacher and many of the same classmates for at least two years. Students in the Spanish Immersion classrooms benefit from this, as they get to learn from the advanced level students.
The Fronteras Learning Plan offers language arts, world language immersion, mathematics, science and environmental education, social studies, the arts, physical education, health, informational literacy and technology. They believe that parental involvement is very important in a child’s academic and personal development, and make it mandatory for parents to volunteer a fixed number of hours per month.
7010 E Bogard Rd
Wasilla, AK 99654