The study of a second and third language is a required component of the NMIS educational program.

Learning a second language at an early age has the following benefits for children:

  • Enriches and enhances a child’s mental development;
  • Leaves students with more flexibility in thinking, greater sensitivity to language, and a better ear for listening;
  • Improves a child’s understanding of his/her native language;
  • Gives a child the ability to communicate with people she/he would otherwise not have the chance to know;
  • Opens the door to other cultures and helps a child understand and appreciate people from other countries.

According to second language research, the most effective approach to learning a language is through complete immersion. Students beginning in Kindergarten at NMIS engage in classroom instruction that is delivered 90 percent of the time in Spanish. Since Spanish is the target language for native English speakers, the instructional day must maximize time in target language. As students acquire Spanish language skills, more time is allocated to English. By the end of fifth grade, 50-55 percent of instruction will be in English.

The formal study of the third language, Arabic, begins at fourth grade. By this time, students have reached sufficient command of English and Spanish skills to allow for the introduction of Arabic. No more than 5-10 percent of the regular school day is allocated to the acquisition of Arabic language skills. The goal is for students to acquire Arabic language skills that emphasize conversation.

Is a Bilingual Immersion program a good fit for my child?

Click on the text box below that corresponds to the grade your child will be entering. This is a sample text of what our students are reading. If your child can read the text on their own NMIS may be a good fit!
Este es un gatito. Yo abro la puerta. Tú la cierras.
First Grade
Las abejas son pequeñas, pero hacen un trabajo enorme.
Second Grade
Ven y viaja alrededor del mundo para buscar amigos y conocer nuevos lugares.
Third Grade
Nacida en 1907, Frida Kahlo una artista mexicana, siempre fue una persona fuerte e independiente.
Fourth Grade
El agua subterránea representa una fracción importante de la masa de agua presente en los continentes, bajo la superficie de la tierra, tanto en el suelo como en el subsuelo.
Fifth Grade
Arrecifes antiguos enterrados dentro de secciones estratigráficas son de gran interés para los geólogos porque proporcionan información paleo-ambiental sobre la ubicación del lugar en la historia de la tierra.

Language immersion is at the heart of the NMIS program.

Starting our program in kindergarten is ideal to increase the likelihood of becoming multilingual.  The goal is to replicate the language learning process we all underwent as we learned our first language as toddlers. 

Much language research suggests that the “ideal” time to learn a second language peaks about age 5-6, while other research says students 8-9 years of age may still succeed in an immersion program. However, all children learning a second language early in life have a much higher probability to speak that language with a native-like accent.  In fact, by age 7, the ability to make certain phonemes of a language starts to diminish in our brains and continues to do so as we age. For this reason, we encourage registration in our program only in kindergarten and early first grade.


Instructional time in each language

Spanish English Arabic
K 90% 10% NA
1st 80% 20% NA
2nd 70% 30% NA
3rd 60% 40% NA
4th 40% 50-55% 5-10%
5th 40% 50-55% 5-10%



To get started, select the grade your child will be moving into.


7215 Montgomery Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109
(505) 503-7670