Immersion and Multilingual Learners
Spring Lake Park Schools offers a variety of language learning experiences – from K-12 Spanish Immersion programming to instruction for English language learners to opportunities to learn world languages and earn bilingual seals
Immersion and multilingual learning experiences at Spring Lake Park Schools support students in acquiring language skills, becoming multilingual and multiliterate graduates and even earning college credit and bilingual seals. We offer:
- K-12 Spanish Immersion programming along with a path for heritage Spanish speakers to become bilingual and biliterate in Spanish and English by graduation
- English Language Learners programming – personalized instruction to ensure that students who enter school with a background in a language other than English, aligned with criteria from the state, are prepared for the language demands of their classes
- World language learning in Spanish or German (outside of immersion, in grades 7-12)
- An opportunity to earn bilingual seals and certificates that recognize proficiency in a language other than English
In grade 7, students may elect to take an introductory Spanish or German class. As early as grade 8, students can opt into Spanish 1 or German 1 course for high school credit.
Students who continue with this sequence and attain certain proficiency levels will have the opportunity to earn college credits as early as their fourth year of studying the language.
Minnesota bilingual and multilingual seals and World Language Proficiency Certificates recognize proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing specific languages other than English. Students with a bilingual seal or certificate may earn college credits at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. Bilingual recognition may provide other post-secondary advantages on a student’s college and career path.
To be eligible to earn a seal or certificate, high school students must meet the required English Language Arts credit for high school graduation.