Spanish Language Immersion

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Language immersion is coming to our district for the start of the 2017-2018 school year.
Las Escuelas Públicas de Stillwater ofrecerán clases bilingües en el año 2017.
 
We're now recruiting students who will be entering kindergarten in the fall of 2017 to be among the first to enroll in our new Spanish language immersion program at Lake Elmo Elementary.
 
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 would begin for kindergarten students in its first year, with a new grade level being added each subsequent year through fifth grade. A middle school program would 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:

Check out this video from a dual immersion school in Minneapolis for a preview of what's to come in Stillwater Area Public Schools next year!