Metropolitan School District of
Lawrence Township

Phone: (317) 423-8200

Spanish Immersion

There are two program designs within the Spanish Immersion Program: Dual Immersion and Full Immersion.  The goals of both programs are as follows:
  • BILINGUALISM: High levels of conversational proficiency in English and Spanish
  • BILITERACY: High levels of academic proficiency in English and Spanish
Along with the language component, the school curriculum uses the Writers’ and Readers’ Workshops, which immerse students in reading and writing. The Five Easy Steps to a Balanced Math Program allows students to apply math skills and reasoning ability to solve real-life problems. The result: Lifelong readers who are able to articulate themselves orally and in writing, and confident mathematicians with a deep conceptual understanding of the subject.

ACADEMIC STANDARDS: All Indiana academic standards are taught in both Dual and Full Immersion classrooms.  Programs begin at the kindergarten level and continue through elementary, middle and high school.  Students wishing to enter the program after first grade will be assessed for their Spanish proficiency when there are seats available.

Dual Immersion: SPANISH
In Dual Immersion, half of the students in the class are dominant Spanish speakers and half are dominant English speakers.  Students are purposely mixed in the same classroom to assist each other in language development.  In grades K-2, students receive 80% of their instruction in Spanish and 20% of their instruction is in English.  In 3rd grade, students receive 70% of their instruction in Spanish and 30% of their instruction in English.  In grades 4, 5 and 6 half of the instructional day is taught in Spanish; the remainder is taught in English.

Full Immersion: SPANISH
The Full Immersion Program is available in kindergarten through grade 12, with Kindergarten through 6th grades at Forest Glen. In grades K-2, students receive 80% of their instruction in Spanish and 20% of their instruction is in English.  In 3rd grade, students receive 70% of their instruction in Spanish and 30% of their instruction in English.  In grades 4, 5 and 6 half of the instructional day is taught in Spanish; the remainder is taught in English. By the end of elementary school, students in the Immersion Program are able to speak, read and write in both English and Spanish.

Location

Grades K-6 are located at Forest Glen School of Spanish Immersion

Grades 7-8 are located at Fall Creek Valley Middle School

Grades 9-12 are located at Lawrence North High School

The entire K-12 Immersion Program has been recognized by The Ministry of Education and Science of the Kingdom of Spain as an International Spanish Academy.


Application Process

Grades K-6
Families interested in applying for Spanish Immersion should follow the same process as families applying to attend any of the Magnet schools.  Students who are entering grades 2-6 and accepted through the CAP (Computerized Admission Process) are required to pass a Spanish assessment to complete the admittance process. 
Grades 7-12
Students entering grades 7-12, please inquire through your guidance counselor.


Contact Information

For more information: Troy Knoderer, Director of Curriculum, Instructional Programs, and Professional Development, 423-8327.

For magnet application information: Click to email us  or call 423-8209.





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