Dual Spanish Immersion
In a two-way Spanish immersion model, classrooms would be a mix of English-speaking students and native Spanish-speaking students, allowing students to learn both languages together in the classroom. Studies have shown that dual immersion is mutually beneficial for native English speakers and native Spanish speakers.
Both groups experience faster acquisition of the other language, support one another's learning of English and Spanish, and students demonstrate higher academic achievement by Grade 5. Studies suggest that concepts learned in two languages are learned more deeply and better retained. The program is also open to students who natively speak languages other than English or Spanish.
- Why is the district looking at new academic programming now?
- How have stakeholders been involved in the planning for the proposed new academic programs?
- Why would the new language program begin at the Early Learning Center and how will that affect early learning programs?
- When would a new two-way Spanish immersion program be fully scaled for all elementary grades?
- Would Countryside eventually become a Spanish immersion school, similar to Normandale?
- What about after elementary school, will Spanish language opportunities continue?
- Why have you chosen Countryside Elementary, and will adding a new academic program bump Countryside students to a different school?