Beginning in the 2017-18 school year, Clearview Elementary School will integrate Spanish language instruction into its regular curriculum for non-immersion students in kindergarten through fifth-grade. This implementation, called FLES, (Foreign Language in the Elementary School) will allow all Clearview students to receive Spanish instruction. FLES focuses on the development of listening and speaking skills as well as cultural awareness. Unlike an Immersion Program, students in FLES classrooms receive up to 30 minutes of Spanish instruction three times a week within their regularly scheduled day.
Each year, the Spanish curriculum focuses on different themes and cultural concepts.
Offering Spanish instruction to all students at Clearview draws a diverse body of students who share an interest in a common subject. Research indicates that early study of a second language results in increased cognitive skills, higher achievement levels in other academic areas and test scores, improved self-esteem and an appreciation and empathy towards other cultures and ways of life as well as long-term benefits such as college readiness, career potential, etc.