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Spanish Language Immersion

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Amigos Unidos (Friends United)
 
We are enrolling kindergarten students (both English and native-Spanish speaking) as well as first and second graders with demonstrated proficiency in our Spanish Immersion program for 2019-2020. Amigos Unidos, which means Friends United, began in 2017 with its first class of kindergarteners - and families are raving! Join us for an information night on Monday, December 3.
 
In 2019-2020, the Spanish Immersion program at Lake Elmo Elementary will include two classroom sections of kindergarten, first and second grades. Students learn language from a bilingual teacher and spend the majority of their day immersed in the Spanish language. Immersion has shown great success in helping all kids develop high levels of language proficiency and literacy in both Spanish and English. Immersion students also demonstrate high levels of academic achievement in all subject areas.
 
"The Spanish Immersion Program has been an incredible experience for our son. The first thing he does when he gets home from school is share with us what he learned in Spanish that day. As a parent, it's fascinating to watch all of the different skills he is building while learning a new language. We are grateful for the amazing experience our son has had in Spanish immersion." - Paula Walther, parent
 

Enroll for 2019-2020:
Application: English version

Priority deadline to enroll for 2019-2020:
January 15, 2019

Spanish Immersion 2019-2020 Information Night!
December 3, 2018 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Lake Elmo Elementary School
11030 Stillwater Blvd N., Lake Elmo, MN 55042

For questions about the Spanish Immersion program at Lake Elmo Elementary, please contact Stephen Gorde, principal 651.351.6700.

Immersion has shown great success in helping all students develop high levels of language proficiency and literacy in both Spanish and English, and demonstrate high levels of academic achievement in all subject areas. 
 

“The ability to understand and speak more than one language is not the only benefit of immersion education. Research shows that students gain additional cognitive, academic and employment benefits.” - Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition, University of Minnesota

The immersion program began for kindergarten students in its first year (2017-2018), and a new grade level will be added each subsequent year as students matriculate through fifth grade. A middle school program will also be developed, along with options for students as they enter the high school. 

Resources about immersion: 

CARLA, the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition at the University of Minnesota, is a leader on immersion program research. Check out these resources and more: