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CMCSS Immersion

Dual language immersion education is a method of educating students in an instructional setting that allows them to acquire a second language through subject content instruction, educational discourse, and social interaction in the second language for at least 50% of the academic day.

In the 2018-2019 school year, the Spanish Immersion Program will begin enrolling a limited number of kindergarten students. Students who enter the program need to be committed to continuing Spanish dual language learning through 5th grade at Barksdale. The program is a choice for parents, and parents who elect to apply for this option for their child will do so through the CMCSS open enrollment process. Transportation is not provided unless students are zoned for Barksdale.

Parents who are interested and would like more information can attend one of the parent interest meetings listed below.

Parent Interest Meetings

January 22 - 6 p.m. at Barksdale Elementary School
January 29 - 6 p.m. at Barkers Mill Elementary School
January 29 - 6 p.m. at Sango Elementary School
February 5 - 6 p.m. at Kenwood Elementary School
February 5 - 6 p.m. at Glenellen Elementary School
February 12 - 6 p.m. at Central Services South

The Spanish Immersion application can be accessed at Applications are due February 20, 2018.

For more information, contact:
Helen Nicholas, Administrator

Spanish Immersion

Current research demonstrates that fully proficient bilingual individuals outperform monolinguals in the areas of divergent thinking, pattern recognition, and problem solving. CMCSS believes that students will be well served by a quality Spanish immersion education that ensures high proficiency in more than one language at no cost to English language academic performance.

Please view the video below to learn more about dual language immersion.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a language immersion program?
A language immersion program is a proven method of educating children by immersing them in a second or “target” language so they become bilingual. In a language immersion program, the classroom environment becomes the setting for language acquisition through subject content instruction, educational discourse, and social interactions.

Why is language immersion most effective beginning at a young age?
Babies are born as “world citizens,” able to distinguish any sound in spoken language. Toddlers learn through interaction with their families and their immediate surroundings. School-age children make sense of new concepts by relating those new concepts to what they already know. Students before the age of puberty more easily attain native-like proficiency.

Why is the Spanish language a good choice for an immersion program?
In the United States, 1 of 7 persons is Hispanic. By 2020, Hispanics are expected to account for half of the growth in the U.S. labor force. Spanish is the second most widely spoken language in the world. Spanish is a “gateway” language that will train the brain, thus making it easier to learn other languages.

Why would families choose Spanish immersion as an educational option?
Research shows that children can learn one, two, or multiple languages early in life, and they do so with ease. Learning more than one language gives children cognitive advantages and increases cultural awareness and sensitivity.

Does learning to read and write in Spanish before English negatively impact a student’s academic progress?
Research clearly shows that students in a language immersion program often score higher on standardized reading tests in English than those students who are only taught in one language. Throughout the language acquisition process, immersion students may be able to read better in one language than the other. However, this is a normal part of learning to read, and eventually immersion students read at or above grade level in both languages.

How will implementing a language immersion program in a school benefit a community?
A language immersion program equips students to become Americans who are linguistically and culturally aware, increasing global competitiveness and communication. A language immersion program expands students’ potential career opportunities in our increasingly shrinking and diverse world market. A language immersion program fosters an inherent understanding of the world that prompts us to naturally cross linguistic and cultural boundaries.