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Spanish Language Immersion (SLIM)

Did you know that Roosevelt offers a Spanish Language Immersion (SLIM) program in conjunction with the International Baccalaureate program?

Program Highlights

  • Spanish instruction for 10 hours per week in Spanish Class and Social Studies (Individuals & Societies) 6th-8th grade
  • Very experienced and highly trained teachers
  • World Language high school graduation credit for successful completion of SLIM 3-4 course in 7th grade
  • World Language high school graduation credit for successful completion of AP Spanish course in 8th grade
  • The UC system and other universities will recognize a score of 3 or higher on the AP Spanish exam for college credit. 
  • Successful passing scores on the AP Spanish exam and/or the Biliteracy Attainment Award will meet a significant portion of the criteria needed to earn the Seal of Biliteracy in high school.

Students participating in the SLIM program will have opportunities to prepare and take the following exams:  

Advanced Placement Exam

In the San Diego Unified School District, any student may take an AP exam. Roosevelt is one the few middle schools offering the AP Spanish Language & Culture Exam to 8th graders!

Students who score a 3, 4, or 5 on an AP exam may get college credit at their intended university, if the university accepts such courses for credit. A passing score on the AP Exam is a passing score regardless of the year in which the test was taken. Middle school students are eligible for AP exam credit.

National Spanish Examination

The National Spanish Examinations are the most widely used tests of Spanish in the United States. It is a program of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. The National Spanish Examinations are online, standardized assessment tools for Grades 6 -12, given voluntarily by over 3,800 teachers throughout the United States to measure proficiency and achievement of students who are studying Spanish as a second language.

Seal of Biliteracy

In May of 2011, the Board of Trustees of the San Diego Unified School District adopted a district Seal of Biliteracy. This is an award granted to high school seniors upon graduation certifying attainment of mastery in two or more languages. It is a statement by the school system that mastery of two or more languages is important and worthy of special recognition. It encourages students to pursue biliteracy, honors the achievement of our students, and acknowledges the skills that are attractive to future employers and college admissions offices.

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