Research shows that multilingual students have a variety of educational and professional prospects from which to choose. Current and future generations of students who are multilingual will be well prepared to thrive in an increasingly global world. Early childhood is the best time to develop an understanding of diverse cultures, people, and perspectives, and optimize the ability to learn multiple languages.
Research indicates that immersion students display increased abilities in native language skills, overall improved academic performance, creative problem-solving skills, intellectual flexibility, enhanced global awareness, and competitive advantages in the workforce as adults.
The admissions process is identical to the process for all children applying for kindergarten. For each applicant, you must first submit a completed application form as well as teacher recommendation forms. Please indicate your interest when applying online.
Next, we will schedule a two-hour classroom visit for your child and teachers will make observations. On the day of the visit, your child will also take the Kindergarten Inventory of Developmental Skills (KIDS) test.
Parents play an important role in their child's growth and development. Parents are encouraged to read to their child in English daily for a minimum of 20 minutes. By valuing self-sufficiency, problem-solving, and risk-taking, parents can instill in their child independence with homework. Parents can access teacher webpages, updated daily in English, to assist their child with executive functioning.
While students in English-speaking classes take their 20-minute daily Spanish class, the immersion group would be given English instruction by a teacher from the English-speaking classroom. Parents are also asked to read to their children every night for a minimum of 20 minutes.
Many options are used by our SIP families which include consulting the web page that is updated daily by the teacher, using parent and classmate networks, and consulting the dictionary. Teachers ensure that students understand the directions before dismissal.
There will be an agreement for our families stating that there is a specific window of time that the student must remain in the class. English-speaking classrooms will hold spaces in the event that an immersion student needs to be transferred due to academic reasons.
SIP students have two choices regarding foreign language instruction in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades: continue in Spanish, completing Spanish I, II, III, and IV, OR begin a third language: French or Mandarin.