Home » Our Schools » Buena Vista Spanish Immersion Elementary School

Buena Vista Spanish Immersion Elementary School

1500 Queens Way, Eugene, OR 97401
Phone: (541) 790-6500  |   Fax: (541) 790-6505
Attendance Line: (541) 790-6525

School website

Grades: K–5
Enrollment: 459
Principal: Melissa Ibarra <ibarra_m@4j.lane.edu>
Secretary: Perla Grado <grado_v@4j.lane.edu>

School Hours:
M–Th: 8:30–3:00
Friday: 8:30–1:45
Breakfast and Lunch Menu

Middle School Language Immersion Program: Monroe
High School Language Immersion Program: Sheldon (International High School program)

Mission Statement:
Buena Vista is dedicated to academic excellence in a caring and stimulating environment. Our focus is on producing children who are bilingual and bicultural in English and Spanish. We encourage our students to show respect, pride, safety and friendship to all people in all places. These four standards are the foundation of everything we do at our school. We believe a well-rounded education is the basis for a successful future.

Program Description:
Research indicates bilingual students gain deeper insights into ways of thinking and expressing themselves. Learning two languages increases the strength of literacy in both. Skills acquired include:

  • High level of proficiency in literacy and math skills in both English and Spanish
  • Appreciation of multiple cultures and sensitivity to people who speak other languages, as well as a multicultural perspective
  • Foundations of knowledge in the other curriculum areas, such as science and social studies
  • Ability to make connections across subjects and languages
  • Flexibility of thinking and creative problem solving

School Highlights:

  • Descending model immersion program K–5. A descending model begins with a nearly full immersion experience in the primary grades, and gradually increases English instruction as the grade level increases. At Buena Vista, the percentages are as follows:
    – Kindergarten instruction is 90% Spanish, 10% English
    – Grade 1 instruction is 90% Spanish, 10% English
    – Grade 2 instruction is 80% Spanish, 20% English
    – Grade 3 instruction is 70% Spanish, 30% English
    – Grade 4 instruction is 60% Spanish, 40% English
    – Grade 5 instruction is 50% Spanish, 50% English
  • Commitment to literacy in two languages
  • Commitment to excellent mathematics instruction and best practice
  • Commitment to cultural awareness and proficiency
  • Commitment to the arts and physical education
  • Active parent involvement and outstanding parent organization

School Improvement Goals:

  • Continue to recruit, hire and retain highly qualified Spanish-speaking teachers and staff as needed in order to maintain a high level of commitment to the immersion experience for all students

ODE school report cards and AYP reports