Dual Language Spanish Immersion Program

About the Program

The WDMCS Dual Language Spanish Immersion program will start with incoming kindergarten students for the 2018-19 school year. It will be a 50/50 program where students learn in English and Spanish. There will be 13 open slots for Native Spanish speakers and 13 open slots for Native English or other language speakers.

Did you know…

  • a bilingual brain is quicker?
  • bilingual students often achieve at levels similar or higher on standardized tests of reading and math than students in other programs?
  • bilingual students are better able to analyze their knowledge of language?
  • bilingual students are more sensitive to others and and appreciative of language?

Kindergarten Spanish Immersion Program web graphic.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Is the curriculum the same as the traditional classroom?
A. Yes, all grade level standards will be taught and assessed.  Grade level teachers will continue to plan instruction and analyze data as a team.

Q. How does immersion differ from other types of language instruction?
A. Students are learning the language through the core curriculum instruction not as a separate subject.

Q. How do I support my child in doing homework?
A. One of the best supports is ongoing communication between the teacher and the parents. Parents can also ask questions about the homework in the language spoken at home, thus giving the students opportunities to explain the assignment in their first language.

Q. How proficient in the second language will my child be?
A. Immersion students approach native-like levels in second-language listening comprehension and reading by the end of elementary school.

Q. Will my student be able to receive support services if necessary?
A. Yes, students who need additional supports will receive those in the same manner as all other students in the district.

Q. How are students selected for the program?
A. Enrollment decisions will be in the following priority order:

  1. Students within the Western Hills school boundaries.
  2. Students with siblings already in the program.
  3. All other students registering with the WDMCS.