The Spanish Immersion Program (SIP) at Moravian Academy was initially launched in 2014 with a kindergarten class. This year, the program spans Kindergarten through Grade 4 — with one immersion class for each grade.
The Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition at the University of Minnesota found a well-established positive correlation between bilingualism and divergent thinking skills, pattern recognition, and problem-solving in young people. Dr. Ellen Bialystok, a neuroscientist and professor of psychology at York University in Toronto, also found that bilinguals have a stronger executive control system in the brain, which allows them to selectively focus on what is necessary and not get distracted. This, among other research, helped to mold the school’s program.