Instruction is primarily in Spanish at the early grade levels, allowing English-speaking students to become bilingual. Language immersion, especially when it begins at an early age, has proven to be highly effective in helping students achieve fluency in a second language.
The Spanish Immersion Program provides learning opportunities for students to become culturally competent world citizens capable of using, appreciating and developing academic and social languages in both Spanish and English.
The program continues at McLoughlin Middle School. Students who wish to continue their language studies beyond middle school will complete the Spanish language pathway at the Fort Vancouver High School Center for International Studies.
Kindergarten Jump Start is a free program for incoming kindergarteners that takes place a few weeks before the school year begins. Students participate in a variety of math, literacy and hands-on activities; learn school routines; and become familiar with their new surroundings.
Data shows that students who attend Jump Start are better prepared for kindergarten than children who do not participate. They also gain confidence, leadership skills and enthusiasm for school. Don’t miss this opportunity to give your child a successful transition to kindergarten!
To register your child, please contact the Harney office.
Harney is a Response to Intervention, or RTI, school. RTI is a framework for providing comprehensive support to students. While RTI emphasizes evidence-based practices and good instruction, it is not an instructional practice. Rather, it is a prevention-oriented approach grounded in the goal of uniting assessment practices with instructional strategies. RTI integrates assessment and intervention within a school-wide, multi-level prevention system to maximize student achievement and reduce behavior problems. The RTI framework provides a system for delivering instructional interventions of increasing intensity. With RTI, Harney identifies at-risk students, monitors student progress, provides evidence-based interventions and adjusts the intensity and nature of those interventions based on a student’s responsiveness.
Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, or PBIS, is a proactive approach to establishing the behavioral supports and social culture needed for all students to achieve social, emotional and academic success. Our three school rules are: Be safe, be respectful and be responsible.