Kindergarten Spanish 2016 - 2017
Active Dates: 8/18/2016 - 5/31/2019

Welcome to Montclair Elementary School! 

The Kindergarten Spanish program is one of the things that make Montclair Elementary School (MES) unique.  For the past 9 years, all kindergartners at Montclair have received Spanish instruction integrated into their school day. This highly successful program includes four ½ hour Spanish lessons for each Kindergarten class every week for the duration of the school year.

Oakland Unified School District does not fund the program. It is supported entirely by parent donations and we need your financial support to offer it again this year. We are asking each Kindergarten family to make a voluntary tax-deductible donation of $500 per child, so that we can cover the teacher salary and classroom materials for all four Kindergarten classes.

That is an incredible deal for a year of Spanish instruction for your child. If you contribute at the suggested $500 level, the cost works out to be $3.90 per class!

Frequently Asked Questions:



  1. Who runs the program?  The program is administered by the Montclair Language League, a non-profit, parent-led corporation founded in 1977 to provide foreign language instruction for Montclair Elementary School students.


  1. Who will be my child’s teacher?  We are very fortunate to have Victoria Hernandez teaching all of our Kindergarten classes. Señora Victoria, is a fourteen-year veteran of MLL, a professional Spanish teacher and a skilled educator. She makes learning an enjoyable adventure and the children adore her!

  1. How did this program start? The Kindergarten Spanish Program was inspired by MES parents who wanted their children to learn a second language at an age when the brain is best equipped for language acquisition. Studies show that the earlier the introduction to a second language is, the easier it is for a child to learn other languages.

  1. What happens if donation goals are not met? If we are not able to raise the money needed to cover the cost of the program, we will have to consider reducing program days or discontinuing Kindergarten Spanish all together.

  1. Can I donate more or less than $500? Yes! We gladly accept contributions at any level, although our fundraising goals must be met for the program to continue, which means that the majority of families will need to contribute at or above the $500/student level.


Thank you for your support of this valuable program for our students!

Please submit your contribution as soon as possible to ensure that the Kindergarten Spanish program is offered.  To submit your donation using a credit card, please complete the form on the right side of this page.  If submitting a donation by check, please make check payable to Montclair Language League, print child's full name on your check and drop off your donation in the school office.