Through teaching and practicing our core values, our school community will challenge stereotypes and promote social justice in a diverse world. We will foster outstanding academic achievement through integrated, collaborative learning. In our international education program, students will celebrate their own identity as they investigate the world, recognize different perspectives and communicate effectively across cultures so they are empowered to take action.
Engage all students in partnership with family and community to become informed, compassionate, global citizens.
McDonald International Immersion Model
McDonald International School is a language immersion school offering a curriculum infused with global awareness and cultural competence at every grade level. This means students receive instruction for half the day in English and half the day in either Spanish or Japanese. Mathematics and science are taught in the foreign language, while reading, writing and social studies are taught in English. Students will have either an AM or PM language schedule.
Of special note: Teachers use the first few weeks of school for student academic assessments. All immersion students will remain in their assigned language. It may become necessary to move a few kindergarten students from AM to PM language (or vise-versa) depending on the make-up of classes.
Literacy: We continue implementation of the Balanced Literacy Program adopted by Seattle Public School District. Both the reading and writing programs were developed by Columbia Teachers’ College (CTC) in New York City.
Writing: We will continue the implementation of the highly successful Columbia Teachers’ College (CTC) writing program, Writers’ Workshop.
Science: The National Science Foundation (NSF) science curriculum adopted by Seattle Public Schools will be taught in all grades. Science will be taught in Spanish or Japanese.
Mathematics: We will teach to the Common Core and Washington State Standards in math using the curriculum adopted by Seattle Public Schools and other resources as necessary to supplement curriculum. Math will be taught in Spanish or Japanese.
Language Immersion: Staff will have on-going professional development classes throughout the year focusing on reading, writing, math, and science – in addition to workshops focused on becoming an International School.