Now Enrolling for the 2017-2018 School Year!
Transitional Kindergarten- Kindergarten
Dual Language Immersion English/ Spanish Program
WHAT IS DUAL LANGUAGE IMMERSION?
Saint Paul School is pleased to introduce the Dual Language Immersion program for the 2017-2018 year. In Dual Language Immersion, students spend half the day learning in English and half the day learning in Spanish. By being taught not just language fundamentals but academic subjects, gain both languages while not losing a step in their studies. The goals of dual language immersion are bilingualism, biliteracy and biculturalism.
In 2017-18, the Dual Language Immersion program will encompass Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten. Interest from native Spanish speaking families as well as non-native speakers of the language has been overwhelmingly positive. They will equally learn to embrace differences because this model celebrates cultural and language.
BENEFITS OF DUAL LANGUAGE IMMERSION
- Language proficiency in both English and Spanish
- Improved communication ability
- Enhanced listening skills
- Exceed performance standards of solo language learners
- Increased problem solving skills
- Greater cultural appreciation
- More prepared for global culture and market
DUAL LANGUAGE IMMERSION FAQ
Do Dual Language Immersion students meet academic standards?
Immersion students attain the same level of competence not only in language skills but in standard subjects as well. Furthermore, Immersion students develop the critical thinking needed to exceed standards much earlier than their peers.
Does Dual Language Immersion work for a wide range of learners?
Immersion programs serve students of all backgrounds and levels of academic ability. Academic challenges do not preclude students from success in immersion and they achieve higher levels of proficiency in their second language.
How does Dual Language Immersion differ from standard language learning programs?
The key aspects of Dual Immersions is that students do not just learn a language but learn to think in that language. While in the second language classroom, the students receive a higher level of exposure to the language. The learning takes place in a different cultural environment, so everyday learning takes place as if the student was in another country. Thus, the student’s language becomes not just functional but second nature.
How long until my child is fluent in a second language?
Every child learns differently whether they are learning in English or Spanish. The amount of time it takes for a student to be fully fluent will depend on the student’s learning patterns, behavior and environment. Our teachers will work with every student to insure that they are learning at their unique optimum level.
Can my child enter your Dual Language Program after Kindergarten?
Students desiring to enter after Kindergarten must have oral language proficiency in their second language, outstanding grade level academic skills in their native language. Most importantly, the applying family must have a high motivation and support for entering a dual language immersion program.