Spanish Immersion Program
The schools and communities of MMMUSD are excited to embark on a journey of learning and discovery. Next year incoming Kindergarten students in Underhill, Jericho, Richmond and Bolton will have the opportunity to participate in our first year of Spanish partial immersive learning. The 2017-18 school year will consist of one pilot classroom program located at Jericho Elementary School.
Here's a link to the 2018-2019 enrollment survey for incoming Kindergarten families. If you are interested please fill out this survey to help guide our planning.
Is your program fully immersive?
In grades K -2, 100% of instruction occurs in Spanish. In grade 3, instruction occurs 80% in Spanish and 20% in English. As the students become increasingly bilingual, the instruction in the Spanish language decreases and instruction in English increases. (Grade 4 - 60% Spanish 40% English, Grades5 - 50% Spanish 50% English)
How do I enroll my student?
Currently we are looking only for incoming Kindergarten students from Jericho, Underhill, Bolton or Richmond. The enrollment process is as follows:
- Families will follow guidelines outlined in MMMUSD School Choice process
- Placement notification will come by April
Selection will be done through a lottery system. There are four slots for each school community (UID, UCS, JES, RES, and SMS), two of which are initially reserved for families participating in the Free and Reduced Lunch program. All unused slots will go back into the lottery for that school community or the total group submissions. If the interest for this pilot class significantly exceeds the capacity of one classroom, we will examine configuration and work to accommodate as many families as we can.Will there be transportation?
We will do our best to figure out options for families once we know enrollment and routes. For more information visit Busing Options
Can we try it out and withdraw if we're not sure?
Throughout our research one thing was very consistent and that was the need for long-term commitment to the program. The impact of an immersion program takes years to build and thus a commitment to being in the program long-term is important for potential students.
- MMMUSD White Paper - Research Conducted in 2015-16
- Foreign Language Immersion Brief Oct. 2016
- Two Page Immersion Program Flyer
- Educator Pamphlet - For interested educators
For more information please contact Michael Berry Michael.Berry@cesuvt.org or by calling (802) 434-2128