Founded as a Spanish-English immersion school, EBI was authorized by the International Baccalaureate (IB) to offer the IB Primary Years Programme in 2014 for PreK-5 grade and the IB Middle Years Programme in 2016 for the 6-8 grades. We are honored to be the only IB World School in the East Bay that is approved to share this dynamic international curriculum with our students. We uphold the highest academic standards at EBI. The IB Programmes, combined with our own multilingual language program, allow us to achieve academic excellence.
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. Our Aventura Extended Day program runs from 7:30-8:20 a.m. and 3:00-6:00 p.m. The purpose of Aventura varies according to the age of the child. Overall, it is an opportunity for students to make choices about how they spend their time in a safe and stimulating setting. The Aventura teachers create a fun environment that reflects student interests while also including them in the process of planning their after-school activities. There are three different enrollment options for EBI’s Aventura Extended Day program, and it is only available to EBI students.
With this option, children can attend Aventura any day of the week or every day of the week throughout the school year. This option also covers afternoon and morning care during school year camps, but it does not cover aftercare during summer camps. The Unlimited 5-Day Aventura option is $3,500 for the school year.
With this option, families can choose three weekdays for their student to attend Aventura throughout the year. These days MUST remain the same throughout the entire school year and cover both morning and afternoon care. This option also covers afternoon and morning care during school year camps, but it does not cover aftercare during summer camps. The Unlimited 3-Day option is $2,500 for the school year.
The Aventura drop-in option is $30 per day per student. Families that choose this option must sign-up for any day they want their child to attend Aventura by adding their child’s name to our online WeJoinIn calendar (availability is limited) a minimum of 24 hours in advance. Families must also purchase a 10x drop-in card for $300 per student. This card is good for 10 drop-in Aventura sessions throughout the school year, but cannot be applied to during school break camps. At the end of the school year, any remaining funds will roll over to the following school year. If a family leaves EBI, any unused drop-in funds will be refunded. For registered drop-in families, a link to the Aventura drop-in calendar can be found in the “links” section of ParentSquare.
Meet Our Head of School
Head of School / Director de la escuela
Originally from Ohio, Jon holds a B.A. in History from The University of Toledo, an M.A. in Educational Administration from Michigan State University, an M.A. in Elementary Education from The University of Alabama and has completed his doctoral coursework in Education Policy and Administration at the University of Minnesota. He has been the Head of School at Escuela Bilingüe Internacional since 2008.
Under his leadership, EBI became authorized by the International Baccalaureate (IB) to deliver the Primary Years Programme (PYP) and attained candidate status for the Middle Years Programme (MYP). He has extensive experience with the IB and bilingual education. Jon has led EBI through a period of rapid growth as the school has expanded to two campuses and increased from 119 students in 2008 to 370 students and nearly 80 faculty and staff today.
When he’s not diligently overseeing our dynamic international community, Jon likes to hike with friends, dance, and travel to Latin American destinations.
Head of School / Director de la escuela