Welcome to the Red Clay Dual Language Immersion Program
We offer two elementary school programs for Spanish immersion.
Marbrook Elementary School is a strand program and Lewis Dual Language Elementary School is a school-wide program. Students in the programs become proficient in Spanish and English while learning the same content as their peers who are not a part of the program.
The Dual Language Immersion program begins in kindergarten and continues through graduation. Parents who are interested in Dual Language Immersion should submit a choice application for kindergarten. Students may also apply to enter in first grade if there is space in the program. Prospective students in grades 2-5 may contact the Red Clay Consolidated School District Choice Office directly to determine space availability. Students in grades 2-5 must demonstrate sufficient proficiency in Spanish at a level equal to their Spanish immersion grade level peers in order to enter the program in grades 2 - 5.
Marbrook Dual Language Immersion Video
Lewis Dual Language Immersion Video
What is Immersion?
Immersion is the fastest-growing and most effective type of world language instruction currently available in U.S. schools. Immersion offers children an opportunity to learn a second language the same way we learn English – by living it. No other type of instruction, short of living in a non-English speaking environment, is as successful.
How does Immersion work?
In an Immersion classroom, students benefit from highly qualified educators – one for each language. An English-speaking teacher will provide instruction in reading, writing, and social studies for half the day. Then students transition to a Spanish-speaking teacher that delivers mathematics, science, and language lessons in the second language.
The Immersion Teacher will speak entirely in Spanish and communicates using a range of strategies including: pictures, songs, games, body language, expressions, drama, etc. Young learners are adept at acquiring language in meaningful contexts. Students will learn to speak only in their new language during that portion of the day.
Immersion classes follow the same curriculum in all content areas that non-immersion students would follow in any Red Clay Consolidated School District elementary classroom. They use many of the same materials as their non-immersion peers.