Applications sought for Spanish Inmersion Programs

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Applications are still being accepted from parents who wish to enroll their children in Spanish immersion programs at John M. Clayton and East Millsboro elementary schools in 2014-2015. Only kindergarten students will be accepted into the program next year.

The Spanish immersion program gives young learners the opportunity to acquire a second language in a developmentally-appropriate format. Kindergarten students will spend half of each school day learning in English and the other half of the day learning in Spanish. No other type of instruction, short of living in a second-language environment, is as successful in helping students attain high levels of second language proficiency and well-developed cultural skills.

Students selected for the program will be eligible to continue in the immersion program through the fifth grade at both schools. They will then have the opportunity to continue Spanish instruction at the middle and high school levels.

This program is offered to all students entering kindergarten in 2014-2015. Parents who are interested in having their child considered for Spanish immersion kindergarten classes must complete and submit a School Choice application by May 16. Students will be selected according to the criteria determined by the State of Delaware and specified in district policy JECC-A, which can be found at www.irsd.net.

For more information, please contact Char Hopkins, JMC Principal, at (302) 732-3808; Kelly Dorman, East Millsboro Principal, at (302) 934-3222 or Audrey Carey, Supervisor of Elementary Instruction, at (302) 436-1000.