Languages at CIS

Confucius Classroom

Corrales International School and the International Baccalaureate® (IB) is committed to supporting multilingualism as a fundamental part of increasing intercultural understanding and international-mindedness, and is equally committed to extending access to an IB education for students from a variety of cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

Corrales International School’s PYP is a spanish immersion program with Kinder and 1st grades taught 90% in Spanish and 10% in English, and 2nd/3rd grades and 4th/5th grades team-taught in a 50/50 model with all subjects covered in each language. Kindergarten and 1st grade students are introduced to letter recognition and reading in Spanish.  Parents are strongly encouraged to read nightly to their children in English.

Our MYP students participate in both Spanish and Mandarin Chinese classes as well.  Corrales International School offers a world-class opportunity to learn about China, for instance, starting students on their path to being internationally-minded global citizens.

The Confucius Classroom at Corrales International School is one of two classrooms in New Mexico under New Mexico State University’s Confucius Institute and the first in Albuquerque. The Confucius Classroom offers classes in Chinese language and culture to the students at Corrales International School.

“The establishment of a Confucius Classroom at Corrales International School is in line with the mission of our charter school in preparing students to be competitive in an increasingly globalized society,” notes Dr. Elsy Diaz, the former Head of School for Corrales International School.

The Confucius Institute’s mission is to promote intercultural understanding between the U.S. and China. Programs like the Confucius Institute support President Barack Obama’s initiative to send 100,000 U.S. students to China to study. Corrales International School’s Confucius Classroom is the culmination of a partnership with New Mexico State University Confucius Institute that began in 2011. Corrales International School parents and staff are excited about the designation as a Confucius Classroom.

Confucius Institutes are apolitical non-profit organizations that promote Chinese language and culture worldwide.