Families who want to learn about a new Spanish Dual Language Immersion program that is set to start in the fall at Thompson Elementary School can attend information meetings that begin Thursday Feb. 19 at the school.
As the Bethel School District's first language immersion program, the school is seeking both native Spanish- and English-speaking students. Enrollment in the program will be limited to kindergarten this year, with additional grades added in the years to come. The goal is to provide an academically challenging program that will develop student proficiency in both Spanish and English.
At kindergarten and first grade, approximately 90 percent of instruction will be in Spanish and 10 percent will be in English. As students transition to higher grades, more of the instruction will shift to English. By fifth grade, there will be an equal division, a 50-50 split of Spanish and English.
Families are invited to learn more about the program’s design, philosophy, and how to enroll at a series of parent nights. English speaking families should plan to attend either Thursday Feb. 19 or March 12. A meeting for Spanish speaking families is March 5. All meetings are from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the school.
The program is open to all students, but attendance at one of these parent nights is required for admission.
To learn more, call 253-683-5800. The application deadline is March 23. For more details, visit www.bethelsd.org.