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El Sol Elementary


El Sol Elementary is part of the Kalamazoo Public School system.  The school offers instruction in two languages, English and Spanish. The program model is unique within the district and southwest Michigan. El Sol functions similarly to a magnet school, accepting students from all parts of the school district.  The school is located a short walk from “K’s” campus in the Vine Neighborhood.  Students at El Sol Elementary will attain high levels of proficiency in their native language and in a second language, and meet or exceed district and state targets for achievement in all core academic areas. All students will demonstrate positive, cross-cultural attitudes and behaviors.

Working at El Sol as literacy and math tutors and classroom assistants provides "K" students with the opportunity to use their Spanish language skills both before and after studying abroad while learning more about the issues facing the local Hispanic community.


Work-study and volunteer positions at El Sol require a 201 level of Spanish fluency. Each quarter, all students must attend a mandatory orientation/training session, complete appropriate paperwork, and attend mandatory reflection sessions throughout the term.

Location: El Sol Elementary, 604 W. Vine St., Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Program Times: Times vary, depending on teacher/student schedules, usually between 9am-3pm

Position: Tutor (volunteer and federal work study positions available)

Contact:Andrea Mora and Valentina Cordero