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Two-Way Immersion Program

Welcome to the Two-Way Immersion Spanish Program at San Clemente High School!  This program was designed to offer students continued opportunities to build upon their experiences and expand their receptive and productive capabilities in Spanish to a professional level at SCHS.  Through the study of culture, history, literature, and contemporary world issues students are immersed in language throughout their four years of study.


Two-Way Immersion students will have the opportunity to enroll in a rigorous TWI Program at SCHS. Our TWI Program offers students the unique experience of learning collaboratively in classes with native Spanish and native English speakers. Students in the TWI Program develop positive cross-cultural attitudes and gain a greater appreciation for international cultures. The TWI Program Standard and Accelerated Pathways guide and give students options to reach their full potential.


¡Bienvenidos al programa de idioma en San Cemente High School!  Este programa se ha formado para proveer una continuación de oportunidades para desarrollar y expandir las destrezas productivas de todos nuestros estudiantes.  A través del estudio de la cultura, historia, literatura y las cuestiones globales más importantes, nuestros estudiantes estarán rodeados por el idioma en todas sus clases.


Los estudiantes del programa bilingüe tendrán la oportunidad de participar en un programa  avanzado en SCHS.  Nuestro programa les ofrece una oportunidad de continuar sus estudios del español con hispano y angloparlantes colaborando juntos en todas sus clases.  Los estudiantes estarán siempre expuestos a los estudios con perspectivas multiculturales para que puedan mejor apreciar las culturas internacionales.  El programa ofrece dos rutas, la primera de nivel medio y la segunda acelerada para que todos tengan la oportunidad de realizar sus metas con el idioma.


Please click here for a brochure on San Clemente High School's Two-Way Immersion Program.

California Seal of biliteracy

What is the California Seal of biliteracy and what do students need to get it?

The California Seal of Biliteracy is a stamp on a student's diploma that recognizes their high level of achievement in a second language.  In order to receive the stamp students must complete a level IV class and maintain at least a B average in their language study as well as prove literacy in English.


All TWI students are eligible for the Seal of Biliteracy by completing the following requirements:

1. Complete all requirements for a high school diploma, including completion of all English Language Arts requirements with an overall GPA of 2.0 or above 9th through first semester of 12th grade.

2. Pass the ELA SBA administered in grade 11 at the Standard Met or Standard Exceeded level.

3. Demonstrate proficiency in one or more languages, in addition to English, through one of the following criteria:


a. Pass a world language AP examination with a score of 3 or higher or an IB examination with a score of 4 or higher.

b. Successfully complete a four year high school course of study in a specific world language and attain an overall GPA of 3.0 or above.

c. Pass the world language SAT Test II examination with a score of 600 or higher.


If the primary language of a student is other than English, the student shall meet both of the following criteria:

1. Attain the early advance proficiency level required California English Language Develop-ment Test (CELDT).

2. Meet all the criteria listed above in 1, 2, and 3.

TWI Senior Graduation Recognition

What is the TWIS graduation cord and what do we need to do to get it?

TWI Senior Graduation Recognition


Academic Achievement Seal Requirements:

  • Pass a minimum of 2 years of high school Spanish with a minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Pass the TWI World History course with a minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Maintain a minimum overall 2.0 GPA

Academic Achievement Seal & Cord Requirements:

  • Pass a minimum of 3 years of high school Spanish with a 3.0 GPA
  • Pass the TWI World History course with a



Why are the programs SC and SJH different?

San Clemente is an International Baccalaureate school.  Our program is designed to support TWIS development and transition into a cross-curricular program that fosters and values multicultural thinking.  TWI students will have an opportunity to explore and become involved in the IB program through their Spanish studies.


What is the difference between AP and IB?


AP classes focus deeply on specific themes.  IB classes focus on similar themes, but maintain a commitment to the global impacts of each topic.  Both AP and IB HL classes are weighted classes and students can receive college credit with a strong score on the exam.  Most schools look to see that students are challenging themselves at the highest levels of curriculum that is available to them.


What is the difference between the IB diploma and certificate?

Any student can enroll in IB courses and take the corresponding test for an IB certificate in that subject matter.  In order to complete the IB diploma students have to complete two years of cross-curricular coursework at the IB level with their corresponding exams. For more information, please contact Kathleen Sigafoos.


 Can my child take AVID or another elective without getting overloaded?

 Incoming freshman have a tightly packed schedule with many required courses to meet their A-G college requirements.  When students take the TWIS WH class their schedule is full.  If they choose to take AVID or band they will need to take a zero period and in the case of AVID they are making a four year commitment.  AVID does fulfill the CCP requirement.

Language Immersion Input Form / Formulario para Comentarios sobre el Programa de Inmersión

If you have any comments or questions you would like to share with the TWI Language Immersion Advisory Committee, please complete the attached form and return to the Guidance Office.  You may also e-mail, TWI Coordinator, Nicolas Dewald at


Si tiene algún comentario o pregunta que le gustaría compartir con el Comité Asesor de Inmersión de Idiomas de TWI, por favor complete el formulario adjunto a este mensaje y entregue a la Oficina de Orientación. También puede enviar un correo electrónico a Nicolas Dewald, coordinador de TWI, en

Language Immersion Parent Input Form.docx

Formulario de Proporcionar Informacin de Programa de Inmersin Bilingedistrito.docx