The Spanish Immersion Program at Barksdale Elementary offers all academic instruction in the target language of Spanish. Partnered with add.a.lingua, the Immersion program is committed to a quality dual language program with the goals of increased academic achievement, cross-cultural intelligence, and high levels of bilingualism. This authentic communication during the school day allows students to learn a second language in a similar manner in which they learned their first language. The program began in August 2018 with two Kindergarten classes. The program is projected to grow by a grade level each school year.

The Spanish Immersion program is staffed with 1 administrator, 2 Kindergarten teachers, and 2 educational assistants who are bilingual in English and Spanish. The teacher-student ratio is 1:20.

Advantages of dual-language immersion instruction include:

  • Research shows that children can easily learn multiple languages early in life.
  • Research shows that students gain additional cognitive, academic and employment benefits.
  • Students have the opportunity to achieve true bilingualism and bi-literacy in Spanish and English.
  • Immersion students typically experience academic achievement at or above their single-language peers.

Spanish Immersion Brochure 2018-2019

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Parent Interest Meeting

Parents of children eligible to begin kindergarten in the 2019-2020 school year who are interested in learning more about the Spanish Immersion Program at Barksdale are invited to attend a parent interest meeting on Tuesday, October 23 at 6:00 p.m. in the music room at Barksdale Elementary.