2014-2015 Kindergarten Application Information: Attendance at a Parent Information Meeting is required in order to receive application materials. Due to the specialized nature of this program it is vital that parents are fully informed in order to make the best choice for their children.
Parent Information Meetings are scheduled as follows. All meetings will be held at Reagan Elementary (1601 24th Avenue SE)
February 6 7pm-8:30pm
February 11 7pm-8:30pmFebruary 26 11:30am-1pm
Students must reside in the Norman Public School district. Students enrolled on out-of-district transfers are not eligible for this program.
What is Partial Immersion
Immersion is a method of foreign language instruction in which the regular curriculum is taught in another language. The new language is the vehicle for content instruction rather than the focus of instruction. In partial immersion programs half of the day is spent learning regular grade-content curriculum in the target language and the other half in English.
Norman Public Schools has chosen French for the partial immersion program as a result of collaboration with the University of Oklahoma's College of Education. The College of Education has a newly formed partnership with the Université de Picardie Jules Verne in Amiens, France. With this French connection the College of Education is supporting the district in preparing highly qualified teachers for the immersion program.
Additionally, French is one of the world's major languages, spoken by over 125 million people on five continents. French is the most widely taught second language after English in the world.
Benefits of an Early Start
Research has shown numerous benefits for beginning the language learning process at a young age.
Partial Immersion Model for Norman Public Schools
Students in the French Partial Immersion Elementary Program spend half their day learning math and science in French. The other half of the day they receive instruction in English for social studies and literacy. Immersion students have interaction with their grade-level peers at lunch and recess and have normal involvement in PE and music classes as well as other school activities. This 50/50 structure will follow them through grade 5.
For the 2014-2015 school year there will be 26 available spaces in Kindergarten. 13 spaces are reserved for students who reside in the Reagan attendance zone. The other 13 spaces are for students who reside within the NPS boundaries but who have a different home school. If the number of applicants exceeds space availability, seats will be awarded through a drawing.
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