Adelante Dual Language Academy is a public K – 8 school located in the Alum Rock Union School District in East San Jose. Adelante was created as a small autonomous school within ARUSD in 2004 and currently shares a campus with Rogers Elementary. Adelante’s students learn in the 90-10 dual language immersion model, starting with 90% of instruction in Spanish, 10% in English, graduating 10% English instruction until 4th grade where students learn 50% in each language. Upon graduation, students will be both bilingual and biliterate in Spanish and English.
In early 2011, with the support of the school’s administrator, Sandra Garcia, a group of volunteer parents & staff initiated the first ever Spanish language Spelling Bee in Santa Clara County’s history. Tremendous community support for the event allowed the 2012 Spanish Spelling Bee Champion to travel in July to compete in the National Spanish Spelling Bee held in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He represented Santa Clara County, the city of San Jose, Alum Rock Union School District & Adelante Academy. The Adelante 2012 Champion, Jonathan Cortes, placed 8th overall in the National Spanish Spelling Bee.
The 2013 Spanish Spelling Bee will be held on Thursday, April 11 from 6:30 – 8:30PM in the Adelante Academy cafeteria (2999 Ridgemont Avenue, San Jose, Ca 95127) .30 Finalists from grades 4th through 8th will be competing using the National Spanish Spelling Bee word list & competition rules, with the champion once again being eligible to represent San Jose at the National Spanish Spelling Bee.
Adelante Academy began with an enrollment of 75% English Language Learners and today continues with a diverse ethnic community with 44% English Language Learners and 85% of the students identified as low income. Adelante ranks 4th in the ARUSD on the STAR testing API Performance Index with a 2012 score of 836. Adelante ranks #1 in ARUSD in parent involvement and also ranks first in overall student attendance in the district with an impressive 97.32% daily attendance. Adelante Dual Language Academy is a model public school in East San Jose and thrives as a school of choice that provides excellent opportunities for student education and development.