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Escuela Bilingue Internacional

410 Alcatraz Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609

Phone:
(510) 653-3324

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Escuela Bilingüe Internacional (EBI) is an independent Spanish-English bilingual school with students from preschool through 8th grade. We have campuses in the Rockridge neighborhood of Oakland and in Emeryville. In addition to our bilingual program in Spanish-English, we introduce Mandarin instruction in 3rd grade. EBI is celebrating its 10th year and is an authorized International Baccalaureate World School.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

EBI is authorized by the International Baccalaureate for the Primary Years Programme (PYP) for Pre-Primary, Kindergarten and Elementary and is a candidate for the Middle Years Programme (MYP) for 7th and 8th Grade. Developed by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), these are internationally-respected pedagogical programs. Students graduating 8th Grade from EBI will be prepared to enter any Spanish or English high school in the world and to attain the International Baccalaureate Degree that is highly regarded by universities on an international basis. Finally, EBI believes that aesthetic ability and appreciation are essential elements of a well-rounded education, and therefore will make music and the visual and performing arts central aspects of the curriculum.construction of knowledge through concept-driven inquiry, striking a balance between a transdisciplinary program of inquiry and traditional disciplines. They aim to promote international-mindedness by emphasizing key questions derived from the concepts that underlie the entire curriculum.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Teachers work closely with students and support varied learning styles.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our Mission

The mission of Escuela Biling�e Internacional is to provide an excellent Spanish-English bilingual education based on the highest international academic standards in an environment that thrives on diversity, fosters global citizenship, and develops the character necessary to recognize that cultural uniqueness is the touchstone of our common humanity.

Our Core Values
-Bilingualism
At EBI we are convinced that the benefits of being bilingual are profound and multifaceted. We live in an era when facility in multiple languages is necessary for success in the global environment. We believe that all children are capable of becoming multilingual and that each language opens a new world for its speaker. Students at EBI will become fully literate in Spanish and English, and will develop conversational skills in a third language.

-Educational Excellence
EBI is committed to maintaining high standards for its students in all areas of education. We believe that when learning is stimulating, fun and developmentally appropriate, children gain the motivation to become self-directed, life-long learners. To this end, EBI will be implementing the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) and Middle Years Programme (MYP). The PYP and MYP programs, developed by the International Baccalaureate Organization, are internationally-recognized pedagogical programs that focus on the development of the whole child and view academic, emotional, physical and social growth as interdependent, equally important aspects of primary education. They promote the active construction of knowledge through concept-driven inquiry, striking a balance between a transdisciplinary program of inquiry and traditional disciplines. They aim to promote international-mindedness by emphasizing key questions derived from the concepts that underlie the entire curriculum. Finally, EBI believes that aesthetic ability and appreciation are essential elements of a well-rounded education, and therefore will make music and the visual and performing arts central aspects of the curriculum.

-Diversity
At the heart of EBI is the conviction that tolerance and respect for cultural diversity breeds deeper understanding and compassion for all humanity. EBI strives to teach its students about diversity in its many forms ethnic, linguistic, economic, cultural and familial by actively working to create a community of individuals from all walks of life. EBI aims to reflect the multiple diversities of the area in which we live by aligning our admissions, hiring and financial aid policies with this core value. At EBI, we believe that all children deserve an outstanding education and we are committed to an educational philosophy that is open to all and is not sexist, racist or homophobic.

-Global Citizenship
EBI believes that education should inspire students to use knowledge to help make the world a better place. To that end, EBI will strive to instill in each student a joy of learning and a passion to be become one's best self, in order to help others be their own best selves. We will help students understand what it means to be part of a global community, so that they can identify their own responsibilities as members and future leaders of our world.

-Character
EBI believes that at the heart of education is the cultivation of character. We strive to promote certain qualities of character in our students explicitly, through pedagogically sound methods of inquiry practiced in the classroom, as well as implicitly, through examples reinforced on a daily basis by our teachers, administrators and parents. Among other qualities of character, we will seek to instill in our students: respect for self and others, integrity, compassion, cooperation, curiosity, empathy, enthusiasm, open-mindedness, confidence, humility and generosity.

A Typical Day

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Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Our School extends through 8th grade. We encourage students to continue into kindergarten and elementary school at EBI to receive the full benefits of a truly bilingual education.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school