Spanish Immersion

Spring Lake Park Schools offers Spanish Immersion opportunities from preschool through high school, where students have the opportunity to earn college level credits in Spanish. 

What is Immersion? 

More than thirty years of research indicates that immersion is the most effective type of language acquisition instruction. Students are immersed in the target language in their classroom. The target language is the primary spoken language by the instructor and eventually the students. The goal of language immersion is for students to become proficient in the target language and increase cultural and global awareness. Students develop proficiency in the target language by hearing and using it to learn all of the school subjects, rather than studying the language itself. The immersion teacher speaks the target language the entire time is grades K-2. Although kindergarten students speak to their teacher and classmates in English within a few years the students speak the Spanish language the majority of the time as well.

Spanish Immersion Opportunities

Preschool (Age 4)

Half day Spanish Immersion Preschool offers a pre-kindergarten experience for families interested in Spanish Immersion.

Children have a great capacity for second language comprehension at this age. Children in Spanish Immersion Preschool will become comfortable hearing Spanish spoken and will begin to understand phrases and directions in Spanish. Students will have the opportunity to learn preschool skills and begin to use the Spanish language.

Click here to learn more about Spanish Immersion Preschool in Spring Lake Park Schools.

Woodcrest Spanish Immersion School (Kindergarten-Grade 4)

  • Spring Lake Park Schools offers a Spanish immersion program that begins in kindergarten at Woodcrest Spanish Immersion School (WSI)
  • Students at WSI follow the same curriculum offered at the other SLP elementary schools, except all core content is taught in Spanish
  • Students learn to understand, speak, read, and write in Spanish, increasing fluency levels each year they are in the program. By the end of fifth grade, most students will be functionally proficient in writing, reading and speaking in Spanish.
  • Students begin formal English instruction in grade three. Data from Minnesota’s comprehensive reading and math tests continue to show immersion students are performing at an equal or higher level than their district peers on these assessments.
  • Students experience a wide variety of world views as they are immersed in a school culture created by international teachers and support staff.
  • Click here to learn more about our Spanish Immersion Kindergarten programs

Spanish Immersion at Westwood (Grades 5-6)

  • Students who attend Woodcrest Spanish Immersion have the opportunity to continue their immersion experience at Westwood for 5th and 6th grade
  • Students learn to understand, speak, read, and write in Spanish, increasing fluency levels each year they are in the program. By the end of fifth grade, most students will be functionally proficient in writing, reading and speaking in Spanish.
  • Students begin formal English instruction in grade three. Data from Minnesota’s comprehensive reading and math tests continue to show immersion students are performing at an equal or higher level than their district peers on these assessments.

Juntos (Grades 6-8)

“Juntos” means “together” and the Spring Lake Park Schools Juntos program is a continuation of our elementary immersion programming at the middle school.

In the Juntos program, heritage Spanish Speakers have opportunities to join immersion speakers starting as early as grade 6. Testing for entrance into this programming occurs in the spring of grade 5. The schedules of Juntos students include language arts and social studies in Spanish in grade 6, Juntos world language and science in Spanish in grade 7, and Juntos II world language and science in grade 8. Students who are successful in these courses, will be prepared for entrance exams allowing them to take college credits at Spring Lake Park High School.

Courses

6th Grade: English and social studies in Spanish
7th Grade: Life science in Spanish and Juntos (World language course)
8th Grade: Earth science in Spanish and Juntos II (World language course)

Spring Lake Park High School Spanish Courses (Grades 9-12)

Students who have been involved in the Spring Lake Park Schools Spanish Immersion and Juntos programming will be welcomed to Spring Lake Park High School (SLPHS) with a series of rigorous and engaging courses instructed in the target language of Spanish. SLPHS has designed and prepared courses that will meet and extend upon student's language acquisition. Students joining SLPHS in 9th grade during the 2018-2019 school year will be provided opportunities to take the Human Geography & Civics and its Advanced Placement version in Spanish. Additionally, they will be given the opportunity to enroll in College Intermediate Spanish 201. This course has been developed in partnership with the University of Minnesota – Mankato and students may receive college credits upon successfully completing it. We recognize and believe that the greatest factor in students continued language development is through consistent use of Spanish language course work.