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Before School Spanish

Hola Parents and Guardians - 

Thank you for your interest in joining the Beacon Morning Spanish Program. This program is offered to A.P. Giannini students by the Beacon in a contract partnership with IDESLI. The Beacon manages permits, payment, and registration and IDESLI manages curriculum, materials, and instruction. We look forward to working with your family and bringing your student quality language instruction. 

Morning Spanish classes are offered in three levels of proficiency and meet 5 days a week from 8am - 9am. The first day of instruction is Monday, September 16, 2019 and the last day of instruction is Friday, May 29, 2020. Classes meet on all school days. 

Level I, II, and III Placement
All new students with no knowledge or very basic knowledge of Spanish will be placed in Level I. Students who have completed Level I the previous year or have received a moderate level of Spanish instruction elsewhere will be placed in Level II. Students who have completed Level II the previous year or received extensive Spanish instruction elsewhere will be placed in Level III. You will be asked to recommend which level your student will be best suited for. If they have previous knowledge of Spanish, your student will be asked to complete an online assessment to determine their exact level. In all cases, the first week of class will be used to confirm student’s levels and your student’s level could be changed as seen fit by instructors. 

Late Start Wednesdays
A.P. Giannini has a late start schedule every Wednesday for teacher common planning time. School starts at 9:45am on Wednesdays as opposed to 9:10am every other day. On Wednesdays, Spanish will still meet at the regular time of 8:00am - 9:00am. In the time between Spanish ends and school begins students have the following options:
The school yard is open starting at 9:00am with supervision from school personnel. 
The Beacon offers a free Journalism Club in room 211 from 9:00am - 9:45am. This is a drop-in club and all A.P. Giannini students are welcome. See past issues of The Giannini Beacon Gazette on their website, Email Beacon Director, Mandy McGowen at with further questions. 
Complimentary Spanish Study Hall will be offered from 9am - 9:45am by one of the IDESLI instructors. Study Hall is open to students of all levels for homework time, asking questions, and practicing language skills with classmates. 

Financial Aid
Understanding that the full tuition may be a hardship for some families the Beacon is working to offer some financial aid to those that qualify. Please COMPLETELY fill out the financial aid portion of this application and submit proof of Free and Reduced Lunch to qualify. Full scholarships will not be awarded but partial support is available. Final decisions on the award amounts for those that request financial aid will be shared with families on Friday, June 7. If your family does not qualify for financial aid we encourage you to utilize the installment payment plan to spread out your tuition payments. At least one partial payment must be made before the first day of class to secure your enrollment. 

Some full scholarships are available through the Children’s Council of San Francisco for students younger than 13 years old. Contact Ripa Saha for more information at or 650-449-6154. 

With questions regarding enrollment, registration, payments, and financial aid please contact
Mandy McGowen, Beacon Director

With questions regarding curriculum, proficiency level placement, instructors, or class absences please contact
Carla Suhr, Idesli Director of Language Courses  

APG Before School Spanish program flyer

Application (Google doc)

Tuition - $1725 
Financial Aid Request Deadline -
Friday, May 31, 2019
Financial Aid Decisions Shared -
Friday, June 7, 2019
Registration Deadline -
Friday, August 23, 2019
First Day of Instruction -
Monday, September 16, 2019
Register Online at
(Select "Don't have an account?" and create a registration before accessing the online application. Thank you!)

Contact Us

Mandy McGowen
Beacon Director
Sunset Neighborhood Beacon Center
3925 Noriega Street
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 205-1282