Focus school: American School of Guatemala

Read about the American School of Guatemala and their journey, while also learning more about WIDA resources and assessments by participating in the WIDA Virtual Institute as a school cohort.

Situated in Guatemala City, the American School of Guatemala (CAG) serves more than 1,600 pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students representing 24 nationalities. CAG’s bilingual academic program is designed to support the development of both Spanish and English program languages amongst its students. CAG faculty, both local and international, are tasked with facilitating robust, language rich instruction in either of these program languages. Core and applied content areas are taught in either, or at times in both, Spanish and English, depending on the subject and the grade. This dynamic bilingual approach creates a unique experience for CAG students that is distinct from English as an additional or home language programs. The diverse linguistic backgrounds of both students and faculty are highly valued. All students are considered multilingual learners and all teachers are considered language teachers that support rich content development through their specified program language.

CAG has a rich history of bilingual and bicultural education, as students receive both a Guatemalan and a& United States high school diploma upon graduation. As the 75-year-old institution has evolved and grown, keeping pace with what is best for student growth, development, and learning – especially in the realm of bilingual and multilingualism – has been essential. WIDA naturally surfaced as a viable and comprehensive framework through which to view students’ linguistic development. WIDA’s various resource offerings in both English and Spanish were a key reason CAG decided to join their global network. The WIDA Español resources especially, and a highly informative conversation with Samuel Aguirre, director of WIDA Español, confirmed our desire and decision to become a part of this network. As a school, we know that making sure to develop programming and support in both English and Spanish is a critical aspect of CAG’s service to its students.

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