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    What makes us international?

    As an international school, we intentionally engage students in work that prepares them for citizenship in a 21st century, globally interdependent world. For more information about International Education across Seattle Public Schools, click here.

    Components of International Education in SPS

    Students in Seattle's International Schools

    • Investigate the world beyond their immediate environment.
    • Recognize diverse perspectives.
    • Develop critical and creative thinking skills.
    • Enhance communication and collaboration skills.
    • Translate their ideas into action.

    What's going on in Seattle's International Schools?

    At Hamilton

    Globally Focused Academic Programs

    • Dual Language Immersion Continuation in Spanish and Japanese Language Arts
    • World Languages offered for all 3 years of middle school
    • Proctored STAMP test for competency based credits (i.e. Spanish, Japanese, and Mandarin)
    • International Arts

    Globally Focused School Wide Events

    • Night of the Arts – event showcasing internationalism and multiculturalism through student and guest performances
    • HIMS TALKS – student and community member led discussions on globally focused, community oriented topics
    • Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) screenings – viewing of foreign and independent films focused on global issues and topics with guest speakers and post screening discussions
    • World Affairs Council Partner – hosting events with speakers from all around the world

    Globally Focused Student Organizations

    • Associated Student Body (School-wide Leadership)
    • Hamilton Against Racism (Race, Equity, Multiculturalism)
    • La Chispa (Latino Leadership)
    • Gay Straight Alliance (Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation)
    • Green Team (Environmental Stewardship)
    • International Club (International Issues and Exchange)

    Travel and Cultural Exchange

    • Global Travel Opportunities/Service Learning Projects for students (e.g. Peru 2014, Ecuador 2015, Peru 2016, Costa Rica 2017)
    • Japanese-American Student Homestay Cultural Exchange   
    • Pen-pal Cultural Exchange (e.g. Singapore, England, Argentina, Mexico, and Spain)
    • Student participation in conferences (e.g. WAGIN Conference, WE Day)
    • Teacher travel opportunities for professional development (e.g. Teacher Study Tours to Turkey and China)

    Dual Language Immersion

    More information at Seattle Public Schools Dual Language Immersion site.

    What is Dual Language Immersion?

    • Dual Language Immersion (also known as Dual Language or Immersion) programs begin in all the international elementary schools where students learn the language through content-based instruction in Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, or Spanish 50% of the day and 50% in English.
    • Immersion Continuation programs in international middle and high schools offer one to two periods per day of enhanced language instruction, depending on the school.

    Dual Language Immersion at Hamilton

    • Dual language immersion students feed to Hamilton from John Stanford and McDonald International Elementary Schools. The program also welcomes heritage learners and advanced second language learners from traditional language programs who have received accelerated instruction.
    • Dual language immersion students have a guaranteed pathway to Ingraham International High School, which offers the International Baccalaureate program.
    • Students take one period per day of immersion continuation courses (Spanish and Japanese Language Arts) separated by grade level that focus on increasing literacy in the target language as well as fluency. Course content ranges from current events and fictional texts to advanced grammar topics and various cultural art projects. After three years of this course, students should enter high school ready for at least level four.
    • Immersion continuation students at Hamilton are given the opportunity to earn up to four competency-based credits in the target language via the STAMP test every year.

    Benefits of Dual Language Immersion

    • High academic achievement  
    • Bilingualism/Biliteracy  
    • Cross-cultural relationships 
    • Respect for self, family, school, and community.
    • Leadership and self-confidence 
    • Strong school and parent partnership  
    • Expanded career opportunities  
    • Skills for a global economy

     For more information about international education at Hamilton contact Dana Radcliffe,, or Brandon Severance, - International Schools Leadership Team.

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