The goal of the program is to create a continuous, K-12 immersion pathway. Each year, the Immersion Program will “add” a grade as our initial class of kindergarten students move on to the next level. In middle school, students will continue to read, write and speak in Spanish or Chinese in a variety of settings. By high school, immersion students will be able to take the AP language course and then participate in dual-enrollment or dual-credit courses with local universities.
Dual language immersion programs help students attain high levels of proficiency in a second language. Young children in particular thrive in this type of environment and are more adept at language acquisition.
BENEFITS OF IMMERSION:
Second Language Skills
Students in an immersion program can be expected to achieve a high level of proficiency in the second language.
Improved Academic Performance
Exposing students to language at a young age helps promote intellectual development. Children who participate in immersion programs perform as well as or better than their peers on achievement tests in English and math.
Dual language students typically develop increased attention control, memory, and superior problem-solving skills. In addition, learning a second language can enhance students’ understanding of their primary language.
Students in immersion programs are more aware of and show more positive attitudes toward other cultures, enabling them to interact effectively with people of different backgrounds, ethnicities, beliefs, and interests.
Later in life, immersion students are better prepared for the global community and job markets where knowledge of a second language is an asset.