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River Road/El Camino del Río Elementary School

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120 West Hilliard Lane, Eugene, OR 97404
(541) 790-7200 Fax: (541) 790-7205
Attendance Line: 541-790-7225

Grades: K–5
2021–22 Enrollment: 383
Principal: Karen Ramirez Gutierrez <ramirezgutierrez_k@4j.lane.edu>
Secretary: Yasmine Aguilar <aguilar_y@4j.lane.edu>

School Hours:
Monday–Thursday: 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m.–1:45 p.m.

School Meals:
Breakfast and Lunch Menu
Free for all students in 2021–22

Middle School Region & Language Immersion Program: Kelly
High School Region & Language Immersion Program: North Eugene

K–12 Dual Language Immersion Program:
River Road/El Camino del Río is a Spanish dual immersion school for grades K–5. Students continue in the language program at Kelly Middle School for grades 6–8 and at North Eugene High School for grades 9-12.

Mission Statement:
Students in the River Road/El Camino del Río dual language program will be bilingual, biliterate and multicultural. Students will exhibit high academic achievement in all content areas in both languages.

Program Description:
River Road/El Camino del Río is a two-way immersion program that offers a unique opportunity for native English and Spanish speakers to learn together in order to become bilingual and biliterate. They quickly become emerging bilinguals and establish strong cross-cultural relationships. The program is an outstanding opportunity for English language learners, as well as for students who wish to learn Spanish. Students enrolled in the K–12 program will move on to Kelly and North Eugene to complete 13 years of language education.

Students learn to read in Spanish and English simultaneously. The immersion model is a 50/50 dual language program. This means that half the content is taught in English and half is in Spanish. Teachers are highly trained in a variety of strategies to help children learn language, reading, math and other content areas.

School Highlights:

  • We are a culturally rich and diverse community highly involved in student learning.
  • We have a K–5th grade Baile Folklorico dancing group that learns and performs dances from Latin America.
  • River Road/El Camino del Río has a highly involved bilingual parent group.
  • BEST, an after-school academic support program, offers an hour of extended instruction in reading and math.
  • A thriving after-school marimba program is offered to students interested in performing at high levels around the community.
  • Strings is offered to students in grades 3-5.
  • We offer at least one family enrichment/cultural event for the whole community each semester.
  • We have a beautiful and producing school garden that parents and kids help cultivate.
  • We have one-to-one technology to support literacy, language instruction, mathematics and presenting skills.
  • Our brand new state-of-the-art school building opened in fall 2017.

School Improvement Goals:

  • Bilingualism and biliteracy: Students will develop a high level of oral and written proficiency in both Spanish and English.
  • Academic excellence: Students will achieve academic excellence in all subject areas, meeting or exceeding district and state performance standards.
  • Cross-cultural understanding and development of pro-social skills: Students will develop positive attitudes toward other languages and cultures and demonstrate their ability to appreciate the traditions and values of various cultures in our society and around the world.

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