Spanish Immersion Enrollment Process

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    Immersion Enrollment Information for Spanish Immersion
    All incoming Kindergarten students who are residents of the Menlo Park City School District are invited to apply to participate in the Spanish Immersion program. K-5 Spanish Immersion is offered at both Laurel and Encinal schools. There is no Spanish fluency requirement for incoming Kindergartners. 
    Although openings for new immersion students generally exist at the Kindergarten level, due to attrition, applicants to grades beyond Kindergarten will be considered when space is available to students who meet the academic proficiency and the appropriate social/emotional level required by the grade to which they are applying. 
    The district is currently piloting a program which allows a small number of English Only students entry into the 4th and 5th grade Immersion classrooms. If space is available, we plan to continue this practice of offering the immersion opportunity to students who expressed an interest in learning a second language but did not get a spot in immersion in the primary grades, on a case by case basis.
    Qualified District students who reside outside the Laurel or Encinal attendance boundaries may apply for an Intradistrict transfer to Laurel or Encinal. Once transfer is approved, all interested students will be given equal consideration.
    Where applications exceed space available, admission is determined by lottery. 

    Check Steps for Kindergarten Immersion Enrollment for Fall 2018 admission:

    1. Registration Process
    Complete the District’s priority registration process via InfoSnap for all new students by February 28, 2018. Click here for information on this process.
    2. Indicate School Preference
    If you currently reside in the Encinal or Laurel attendance area, you are already eligible for Spanish Immersion enrollment at your home school. 
    If you reside outside the Encinal or Laurel attendance areas (Oak Knoll, Tinsley, or non-resident staff), please select the school to which you would like to transfer to. Your transfer request must be approved before you are eligible to be considered for the program.
    3. Indicate Program Preference
    Once you have selected the school you would like to transfer to, please select the program you desire.
    4. Attend a Mandatory Spanish Immersion Information Meeting
    Attend one of the following meetings:
    • Thursday, January 25, 2018, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m., Laurel School 
    • Thursday, January 25, 2018, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Encinal School
    • Monday, February 12, 2018, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m., District Office TERC
    • Monday, February 26, 2018, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m., District Office TERC
    In order for your child to be considered for Spanish Immersion, you must complete registration during the Priority Registration process which ends on February 28 and attend a Mandatory Spanish Immersion meeting. Failure to do so will result in your child being placed on the site's Spanish Immersion wait-list.