Washburn School – A place of opportunity in Southern Puerto Rico. 

Washburn School is a  private, non-profit, value-based, multi-cultural, multilingual, total English immersion school with a focus on Spanish as a dual language and French as a foreign language, for grades Pre-K to 12th grade located in Ponce, Puerto Rico. All the courses are taught in the English language except for an extensive rigorous academic focus on Spanish as a dual main language, foreign language courses, such as French, and the cultural based Puerto Rican history class taught in the island's native language. The school fosters our Puerto Rican heritage and conserves a bridge between numerous cultures. We are committed to a full English language instruction while keeping a relentless focus in teaching Spanish. At Washburn we embrace multilingualism in its active and passive form, as it becomes a social necessity while we move towards globalization and cultural openness. By the early elementary grades, students who have studied at Washburn School since Pre-Kinder can read, write, and speak both Spanish and English with high levels of proficiency. Brain research has shown that bilingual students easily acquire a third language, therefore Washburn incorporates French later in elementary school as a foreign language to cultivate trilingualism. 

 "Unlike traditional 'bilingual' schools in Puerto Rico that classify themselves as bilingual by just exposing their students to English or a foreign language for 50 minutes once a day in a couple of subjects, Washburn School immerses its students daily in a stimulating bilingual and multicultural rigorous academic environment." - Ronnie Lopezcepero, Graduate Research Assistent at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Because Washburn students study, listen, and read Spanish as often as English, they hone proficiency in their native language, in much the same way that they learned English. This is a rare phenomenon in children who are also known in research as dual native languages speakers. Washburn students are not only bilingual, but they are biliterate, well before reaching middle school! 

 

At Washburn, we are an integrated school by design and we value our tight-knit community. Teachers and students at Washburn School have the opportunity to enjoy working closely together and have easy access to one another at every single level from Pre-K to 12th Grade. We are a student body of approximately 230, with over 39 professionals as part of our staff. This distinguishes us as having one of the best student : faculty ratios in Puerto Rico. Programs such as adopt a child and unique collaborations between Washburn Middle and High School with Kindergarten and other cross-grade level activities provide rich opportunities to build community throughout the student body. At Washburn, we not only nurture and care for each other, but the entire community values how we, the adults, treat children and how we insist children treat one another. Everyone knows each other personally and this is a unique strength that you can only find in our community.

Why Choose Washburn School?

 Choosing Washburn School for your child can be one of the most powerful and life-changing decisions you make as a parent. In today's world, it is imperative that our children are engaged in quality academics and are given opportunities to participate in appropriate life-preparing activities that will lead them down the road to success. We believe that we can create fully multilingual students with a full English immersion curriculum in connection with strong Spanish and Foreign Language departments. Puerto Rico needed an alternative for many parents seeking the highest quality  English education and  a higher standard of  academic environment and school safety. Washburn School definitely seeks to be the best private school and academic program in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.