International School of Denver has delivered Spanish-language instruction since 2001. ISD has received the highest level of recognition from the Spanish Ministry of Education, fulfilling the highest educational standards of the United States, Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries.
No prior Spanish-language experience is necessary for admission into any grade.
Space is limited in first and second grades for novice-Spanish language learners and dependent on the child’s English language academics as well as the availability of student language support.
For novice-Spanish language learners entering grades 3-5, we offer a “Welcome Class.” The Welcome Class is small by design to provide students access to a supportive and immersive language experience.
Instruction is provided exclusively by native Spanish speakers.
Accreditation and Pedagogical Affiliations
The Spanish program curriculum was established at ISD in 2001. In 2008, ISD established its relationship with the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science and adopted the Spanish National Curriculum as the basis of the Spanish program, and received the highest level of recognition from the Spanish Ministry of Education in 2011. Through the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science, ISD has been able to participate in a visiting teacher program, bringing teachers from Spain eager to teach in ISD’s immersion program. Currently, ISD is working under the highest level of recognition with the government of Spain to implement their national curriculum at ISD. In 2012, ISD was ranked as one of the top four elementary Spanish language immersion schools in North America by the Spanish Ministry of Education. In 2014, it was accepted as a member of the International Spanish Academies (ISA) project, a bilingual, Spanish/English educational model that the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science promotes in collaboration with American and Canadian educational authorities.
DELE Exam for Students and Adults
ISDenver is the only authorized testing location in the state for the Diploma de Espanol como Lengua Extranjera (DELE) Spanish Language Aptitude Test. This exam assesses Spanish language skills for both students and adults. By passing this exam, individuals receive an official diploma that certifies their degree of competence and mastery, granted by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of Spain. This life-long accreditation can be used to give students advanced placement in high school language classes, and potentially even provide college credits; Adults may use it for college credits, or for acceptance into foreign colleges or places of employment.
The exam is offered in May and is between $105- $130 depending on your age and language level.