Academics

Escuela Bilingüe Internacional (EBI) is an independent PreK-8 school offering a multilingual, international education that inspires our students to engage with a changing global world with character and empathy. As an International Baccalaureate (IB) certified school in the heart of the East Bay, EBI helps students engage as both global citizens and critical thinkers. Character development is at the heart of what we do; our students are empathetic and compassionate as well as academically prepared for future success.

At EBI, students learn in an immersive Spanish language environment, where they begin their journey of cultural awareness and develop fluency in a language other than English. With the addition of Mandarin in 3rd grade, students expand their cultural and linguistic competencies. Graduates of EBI have basic conversational skills in Mandarin and are fully literate in Spanish and English.

Equally important, EBI students have an awareness of their role as a member of the global community. From that awareness, our students are positioned to transform the world. EBI develops a lifelong love of learning, which translates to a lifetime of opportunity.







International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate is an educational foundation founded in Geneva, Switzerland in 1968. For many years, this foundation has worked with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. The goal of their curriculum programmes is to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.







Our Language Philosophy

Escuela Bilingüe Internacional is a multilingual Spanish-English immersion school. By presenting most of our classroom subjects in Spanish, we organically teach the language to our students.

Our pre-kinder students begin with a 100% Spanish immersion program in their first years at EBI and gradually transition to a 50/50 Spanish/English model by the third grade. For our Middle school students, each subject area is language specific. Math, Science, English Language, and English Literature are taught in English. All other subjects, with the exception of Mandarin, are taught in Spanish. Art, music, drama and physical education are also taught in Spanish. Mandarin classes begin in the third grade and continue through the eighth grade. Our graduates leave EBI with high levels of academic and social proficiency in both English and Spanish as well as functional Mandarin conversational skills.







Innovation and Technology

EBI strives to be at the forefront of introducing digital tools and technological advances in the classroom. At the same time, we educate our students in media literacy and the best use of new technologies. Our inquiry based programme supports our students in constructing their own understanding of a topic through research, and this skill is especially helpful in navigating the Internet and searching online databases. We inspire our students to be future innovators who are both thoughtful and creative.





Aventura Extended Day Program

For families that need childcare beyond the regular school day, EBI offers Aventura. The Aventura program runs from 7:30-8:20 a.m. in the morning and 3:00-6:00 p.m. in the afternoon. The purpose of the Aventura Program is to provide extended care for all EBI students. Aventura staff creates a fun environment that reflects student interests.

The following key components form the basis of the EBI Aventura program:

  • a well-prepared staff
  • a safe environment
  • an environment with both structure and flexibility
  • a variety of activities that reflect student interests a variety of opportunities for social-emotional development
  • an opportunity to have fun and relax
  • an opportunity to do homework

Aventura schedule (these times may change based on individual classroom, age, or weather/daylight):

 Pre-Kinder 

Time

Location/Activity

Location

3:05 - 3:15 p.m.

Opening Circle

Classroom

3:15 - 3:45 p.m.

Activity/Snack

Classroom

3:45 - 4:00 p.m.

Transition

Classroom

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Outside Play/Activity

Patio

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Activity/Snack

Patio/Classroom

5:55 - 6:00 p.m.

Transition to Pick-Up

 


 Kinder - Grade 5 

Time

Location/Activity

Location

3:05 - 3:25 p.m.

Transition/Opening Circle/Snack

Classroom

3:25 - 4:30 p.m.

Outside Play/Activity

Patio

4:30 - 5:20 p.m.

Activity (Kinder)

Homework/Reading (Grades 1-5)

Classroom

5:20 - 5:55 p.m.

Outside Play/Activity

Patio/Classroom

5:55 - 6:00 p.m.

Transition to Pick-Up

Reception


 Middle School

Time

Location/Activity

Location

3:35 - 4:15 p.m.

Transition/Snack

Classroom

4:15 - 4:45 p.m.

Outside Play/Activity

Patio

4:45 - 5:55 p.m.

Homework/Reading

Classroom

5:55 - 6:00 p.m.

Transition to Pick-Up

Reception


Note: Snacks are not provided. Please provide your child with a snack for Aventura.










Meet Our Head of School







Dr. Paola V. Clark​ 
Head of School / Director de la escuela

Dr. Paola V. Clark brings over 19 years of experience in national and international PK-12 independent schools and higher education settings. Dr. Clark is honored to serve as the new, Head of School at Escuela Bilingüe Internacional. A native of Miami, Florida, Dr. Clark attended an English-Spanish bilingual independent school in Lima, Peru, where she obtained her IB Diploma. Dr. Clark earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biotechnology from Universidad Nacional Agraria la Molina in Lima, Peru, a Master of Science degree in Science Education from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and a Doctor of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Central Florida (UCF) in Orlando. She has also completed advanced coursework in Educational Leadership a the Specialist level and holds a Professional Certificate in Education/Instructional Technology. Dr. Clark is currently pursuing an Executive Scholar Certificate in Non-profit Management at the Kellogg School of Management–Northwestern University, and is also a National Association of Independent Schools Aspiring Heads Fellow.

Paola Clark

Head of School 
pclark@ebinternacional.org