Pittman Charter School’s mission is to prepare life-long learners for the 21st century by providing a comprehensive education. In addition to a curriculum of language arts, mathematics, and social studies, we include technology and the arts, inquiry-based hands-on science, and offer an option in Spanish Dual-Immersion. In a safe and inclusive environment, Pittman staff strives to develop creative and critical thinkers in strong partnership with our families and community.
Pittman Charter community prepares students to become academically successful, inquisitive life-long learners who continue to develop their individual and civic responsibilities toward global citizenship.
What is it all about?
Changing to a charter allows us to be more flexible in how we teach children and how we help children achieve academic success. We have developed a rigorous learning program that includes:
- High academic focus
- Science integration
- All teachers working together
- Dual Immersion Academy: Students learning in two languages - Spanish and English
So what does this mean for parents and students?
- Higher expectations for all students: all students will meet and exceed state standards
- Uniforms will be enforced
- Discipline will be strictly maintained
- More Parent Involvement: Read to and with your child, every day, Attend 4 study sessions per year, Attend Parent-Teacher conferences, Help your child with homework
TWO-WAY BILINGUAL IMMERSION
Pittman Charter's Two-Way Bilingual Immersion program is based on research of the most effective dual immersion programs. It provides an immersion model for native English-speaking students and bilingual model for native Spanish-speaking students. It is an "addictive bilingual" program, meaning that all students learn the second language without compromising their first language.
Emphasis on Spanish instruction in the early grades allows native English-speakers ample exposure to the target language - Spanish. Native Spanish-speakers have the opportunity to expand their vocabulary and build a strong base in their first language, enabling them to be more successful as they begin to acquire English orally, and later as they transfer reading and writing skills into English.
- Balanced number of native English and Spanish speakers
- Adequate exposure to Spanish
- Separation of languages for instruction
- Comprehensible input
- Parental choice, support, and participation
- Enriched curriculum (Science-focused)
The California State Department of Education says...
"Two-Way Bilingual immersion programs allow language-minority and language-majority student to work together to become fully proficient in each other's languages. These programs give students a valuable skill when they pursue higher education or enter the workforce, and increase California's intellectual capital.
Experience with Two-Way Immersion has shown overwhelmingly positive effects. Native speakers of English benefit by picking up a near-native command of a second language. Students new to English gain from the chance to build a strong literacy base in their home language, which enables them to succeed in the core curriculum. All students reach academic achievement levels equivalent to or better than their conventionally-schooled grade level peers. "
From "It's Elementary" Elementary Grade Task Force,
California Department of Education, 1992