In fifth grade SI Mendon and Upton students combine into one team and are mixed with non SI students throughout the day. One half of the students’ core academic classes are in Spanish. In fifth and sixth grade SI courses are Science and Social Studies. Spanish literacy skills are embedded within the content areas. In seventh and eighth grade Spanish is a world language elective course where students focus on language structures and communication. The course occurs daily and is delivered 100% in Spanish. Thematic units cover essential vocabulary and grammar. This prepares students for more advanced literature courses at Nipmuc.