Students enrolled in the Spanish Bilingual Program will receive the foundation to become functionally bilingual by Grade 12. St. John XXIII is very pleased to offer the Junior High program for Grades 7 to 9.
The Alberta Education Program of Studies is taught in all courses. Students in Kindergarten to Grade 6 divide their time evenly, studying 50% in Spanish and 50% in English. Subjects taught in Spanish are Spanish Language Arts, Mathematics, Physical Education, Music and Art.
Students in Grade 7, 8 and 9 receive 35% of instruction in Spanish and 65% in English. Subjects taught in Spanish are Spanish Language Arts, Mathematics and additional courses as determined by the school.
Students in Grade 10, 11 and 12 receive a total of 25 credits in Spanish. Subjects taught in Spanish are Spanish Language Arts 10, 20 and 30, Mathematics 10 and Turismo 20.
The Spanish Program allows students to gain insight into the Spanish language and the culture of Spanish-speaking countries around the world. Students receive recognition in Grades 6, 9 and 12 from the Government of Spain.
Previous Spanish experience is not required to enroll and parents do not need to know the language. Students typically enter the program in Kindergarten or Grade 1. Students wishing to enter the program for the first time at any other grade level must take a language proficiency assessment.