META stands for Multilingual Excellence Transforming Achievement. The META plan was recently approved by the Santa Barbara Unified School District in April 2020. This plan contains the vision and foundational assumptions behind the district’s commitment to prepare Santa Barbara’s students to become global citizens. The plan called for the implementation of dual language immersion at the elementary and junior high school levels.
McKinley Elementary School will offer a Dual Language Immersion program (DLI) in 2021-2022 school year with kindergarten. Santa Barbara Unified School District’s planned DLI program integrates native speakers of Spanish and native speakers of English in the same classrooms and teaches them in both languages. The program includes a balanced number of native English-speaking, native Spanish-speaking, and bilingual students. At the elementary level, pre-K, kindergarten, and first grade students receive 90% of instruction in Spanish and 10% in English. Over their elementary years, there is a gradual increase of English instruction until 5th grade, when 50% of the day is spent in each language. All students enrolled in McKinley Elementary before dual language immersion will continue the same instructional program.