International Education Washington
On this Resource page, you'll find links to information about language immersion and schools in Washington and Oregon that are currently offering full or partial immersion.
Language Immersion is an approach to language learning where students attend classes in regular school subjects, such as Math, Science, and Social Studies, that are taught in the immersion language so that the students acquire the language as they learn the content. There is growing interest in language immersion because it allows students to attain a much greater mastery of the language than they do in a separate "foreign language" class. In dual (or two-way) language immersion programs, about 50% of the students speak the immersion language natively. They are able to develop academic literacy in both their first language and in English. For more information, see:
PLU2004 Language Immersion Workshop August, 2004
WAFLT Immersion Strand March 20, 2004
Bellevue School District has offered Spanish language immersion for over fifteen years. In this program, English-speaking students begin at kindergarten or first grade and receive almost all of their subject matter instruction in Spanish. After the fifth grade, students have the option of continuing in the middle school and high school programs. Tillicum Middle School also offers a French-immersion program (see French Bilingual Association.)
Northshore School District offers Spanish language dual immersion at Woodin Elementary.
School Website: Woodin Elementary
Seattle Public Schools launched its first language immersion program at John Stanford International School in 2000. Currently, John Stanford offers half-day immersion (Math and Science) for Spanish and Japanese in grades K-5. Hamilton International Middle School offers a continuation of language immersion for students from John Stanford in Spanish and Japanese through grade 8. In fall 2007, Concord Elementary opened a two-way dual language program for Spanish, and in fall 2008, Beacon Hill International School opened immersion programs in Spanish (two-way dual) and Chinese.
There are also several private immersion programs developing, such as:
Villa Vista Language Academy is a Spanish Language Immersion Preschool in Spokane consisting of preschool classes, summer camps, and K-6 partnership programs with public schools.
Villa Vista Language Academy
If you would like more information about the school, please contact Laura Hamilton: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tacoma School District offers language immersion at Sheridan Elementary School of International Languages, which offers students the opportunity to learn French, Japanese, or Spanish. In 2003, Stewart Middle School began offering a continuation program.
Portland, Oregon School District has several immersion programs. We have been working most closely with the Japanese Magnet Program at Richmond Elementary and Mt. Tabor Middle School