Spanish

Our Spanish classrooms are spaces where students feel comfortable taking risks as they work to acquire new language skills by speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

Elementary

In K-5 Spanish classes students play games, sing songs, recite poems, tell and act out stories and plays, and explore the traditions and cultures of Spanish-speaking countries. Each class provides opportunities to develop oral language and conversational skills. Resources include research-based strategies such as GLAD (Guided Language Acquisition Development), TPR (Total Physical Response), and TPRS (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling).

Middle School

Our MS Spanish program focuses on communication, using TPRS strategies, and strengthening student’s ability to speak, listen, read, and write in Spanish. Students study conjugation, pronouns, and sentence agreement. Vocabulary is taught and acquired through reading and cultural themes such as: families, identity, Día de los Muertos, and California as part of Mexico, and later, through research projects. Spoken language is used daily through greetings, conversation, skits, and presentations. In 7th grade, students move on to more complex grammatical topics such as irregular verbs, the preterite, the difference between Ser and Estar, and reflexive verbs and pronouns. In 8th grade students study the present progressive, the preterite, and imperfect, and spend the year preparing for a one-week immersion trip to a Spanish-speaking country, which takes place in the Spring.

The Berkeley School welcomes students of any race, color, religion, gender identity or expressionsexual orientation, ability, and national or ethnic origin and accords them all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally made available to students at The Berkeley School. TBS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, ability, and national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, employment policies, scholarship programs, and athletic or other school administered programs. Please contact Kate Klaire, Title IX Coordinator, at  for additional information. 

Our Mission

Ignite Curious Minds
Awaken Generous Hearts
Engage a Changing World

K - 8 Campus

1310 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702
(510) 665-8800

Early Childhood Campus

2030 Francisco Street
Berkeley, CA 94709
(510) 849-8340

The Berkeley School welcomes students of any race, color, religion, gender identity or expressionsexual orientation, ability, and national or ethnic origin and accords them all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally made available to students at The Berkeley School. TBS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, ability, and national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, employment policies, scholarship programs, and athletic or other school administered programs. Please contact Kate Klaire, Title IX Coordinator, at  for additional information. 

Ignite Curious Minds
Awaken Generous Hearts
Engage a Changing World

K - 8 Campus

1310 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702
(510) 665-8800

Early Childhood Campus

2030 Francisco Street
Berkeley, CA 94709
(510) 849-8340

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