Spanish Immersion Program


    ¡Bienvenidos a la página web del programa de inmersión en español de la escuela Laurel!

    Welcome to the Laurel Spanish Immersion Web Page!

    The MPCSD Spanish Immersion Program was authorized by the Board of Education in December 2007 and two kindergarten Spanish Immersion classes started at Encinal School in the fall of 2008.  In the fall of 2009, the Spanish Immersion Program was launched at Laurel School. We are expanding our Spanish Immersion program in alignment with demand. Eventually we will have 2 Spanish Immersion classes at each grade level kindergarten through fifth grade.  As of Fall 2016, we have the following Spanish Immersion classes at Laurel School: 


    KINDERGARTEN      2 Spanish Immersion classes

    FIRST GRADE           2 Spanish Immersion classes

    SECOND GRADE       1 Spanish Immersion class

    THIRD GRADE          1 Spanish Immersion class

    FOURTH GRADE       1 Spanish Immersion class




    • Program Goals: High levels of oral language proficiency and literacy in both English and Spanish, high academic achievement, and development of cross-cultural understanding and pro-social skills.
    •  Immersion Education: An approach to second language instruction in which English-speaking students acquire a second language in a natural way, by using the second language as a medium of instruction rather than the object of instruction.
    • Program duration: 5-7 years
    • Language Times per grade level: (90/10 model)

            Kindergarten: 90% Spanish/10% English

            First Grade: 90% Spanish/10% English

            Second Grade: 80% Spanish/20% English

            Third Grade: 70% Spanish/30% English

            Fourth Grade: 60% Spanish/40% English

            Fifth Grade: 50% Spanish/50% English

    • Findings (Dr. Lindholm-Leary)

    In 90/10 programs both language minority and majority students are orally proficient in both languages by 5th grade.


    Both language groups outscore their English-speaking peers in an English-only program in English Mathematics by 5th grade.


    English speakers are on grade level in English-reading and Spanish-reading by 5th grade.


    Spanish-speaking students achieve grade level in English-reading by 7th grade and 8th grade.


    Students rate themselves very high in their competence as readers and math students.