The district has three alternative programs:
Dual Immersion: Give your child the gift of a second language! Families from across Mountain View and from neighboring cities enroll in this unique enrichment program at Castro Elementary in which students learn to read, write, and speak fluently in both English and Spanish. In the DI Program, native English-speaking students and native Spanish-speaking students are united in the same classroom, where they learn both languages while maintaining high academic achievement in core subject areas. Research about brain development shows that the most opportune time to learn a second language is before age 10. Developing each student’s innate gift of language prepares him or her for life in the real world. With these skills they will be ready to create, adapt, and understand the many languages of technology and world culture they will use throughout their lives. In the DI Program, your child will: attain comprehensive fluency and literacy in Spanish and English and demonstrate superior academic achievement in both languages while achieving all State curriculum standards; develop high self-esteem and confidence; benefit from state-of-the-art technology and innovative teaching methods; enjoy a strong sense of community and highly involved parent support; be stimulated by academic challenge and the richness of a bilingual environment; be better prepared for the diversity of a multicultural world.
The program extends from kindergarten through 5th grade. Students entering kindergarten or 1st grade are eligible to enroll. Contact Castro Elementary at 526-3590, or DI at 526-3500, ext. 1032, or castro-di.mvwsd.org.
Mountain View Whisman Homeschool Program: MVWSD offers a homeschool program to families of children in kindergarten through 8th grade. In this program parents and children work with a credentialed teacher, Shauna Reisewitz, to provide the best instructional strategies to meet their child’s particular learning needs. A CA State Standards based curriculum is provided, as well as support through bimonthly individualized student-parent-teacher meetings. A small homeschool community develops around an onsite science class, a community based art class, bimonthly field trips, and other opportunities for socialization and learning.
Shauna Reisewitz has over twenty years of experience in public, private, traditional and nontraditional schools. Shauna celebrates the vast array of learning opportunities available to young people in their daily lives, and loves supporting homeschool families. She has an MS in Ocean Sciences from the UCSC, and has traveled extensively in the South Pacific, Africa, Central America, and served two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Vanuatu. She is the mother of two home-schooled children, and hopes that the children in her program maintain delight and joy in learning throughout their childhoods.
Parent, Child, Teacher: Our mission at Stevenson Elementary is to, "Cultivate a life-long love of learning by educating the whole child in a collaborative community. This means we take hands-on education and parent participation seriously. In combination with whole class direct instruction, we use our parents to facilitate small group rotations where students have the opportunity to pursue work independently, engage with technology, and receive the support they need to learn the Common Core State Standards. Our school is also taking on Project-Based Learning (PBL) as a core teaching methodology. Through PBL students investigate meaningful questions, collaborate with peers and adults, create original content, revise their work, and present their learning to an authentic audience.