Parent Advocates for Spanish Immersion
Sioux falls, SD
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Supporting Spanish Immersion and Two-Way Immersion in the Sioux Falls School System.
PASI advocates for and supports the Spanish Immersion and two-way Immersion program in the Sioux Falls Public Schools. The primary focus is on interns who enhance the language and cultural experience in the classrooms and in the community. We also donate money through grants for teacher development and resources for the classrooms and libraries.
There is 1 Spanish Immersion Elementary School, 2 two-way Immersion Elementary Schools, 1 middle school, and 1 high school that are within the Immersion program. The two-way Immersion is full bi-lingualism and bi-literacy in both Spanish and English for English and Spanish speaking children. Two-way immersion is a distinctive form of immersion education in which balanced numbers of native English and Spanish speakers learn together to read, write, speak, and listen in both languages. It costs approximately $6,000 per year to host an intern, an investment that is well worth it for the benefits they give our students and teachers.
How does Spanish Immersion and Two-Way Immersion work?
The Sioux Falls School District Spanish Immersion Program began in 2008 at Rosa Parks Elementary with one class of 25 students. As the program developed, it expanded and Sonia Sotomayor Elementary School was built with the intent to develop the program. Sonia Sotomayor opened in 2016 and now serves over 700 students in grades PreK - 5th. It is South Dakota's only full language immersion school. Two-way immersion, which is taught at Hayward and Rosa Parks, is a distinctive form of immersion education by balancing the number of native English and Spanish speakers. They learn together to read, write, speak, and listen in both languages. All academic content is delivered equally across the two languages to students throughout the school day. Students work at the exact same academic level as traditional classroom students. They learn the same content to the same high expectations.
Once kids are ready for middle school, two-way immersion students combine with Sonia Sotomayor Immersion students to continue with bilingual instruction. There they will continue their 6th - 8th grade Spanish Immersion experience with subjects in Spanish as well as English. Spanish Immersion children will have the ability to participate in accelerated classes, as well as elective courses such as chorus, band, orchestra. To review the opportunities available at Edison Middle School for Spanish Immersion students please see the brochure posted on their website.
After middle school, students will continue their education at Lincoln High School for grades 9 through 12. Kids again have the opportunity to take Spanish courses in a variety of subjects. To find out more about the Spanish Immersion at Lincoln High School visit their website. There are now over 1,100 students in the K - 12th grade program. The ultimate goal for all students in the program is to achieve full bilingualism and bi-literacy in both Spanish and English for English and Spanish speaking children.
Participating schools in Sioux Falls immersion program
Mission: To develop life-long, multi-lingual learners with the cultural background and problem-solving skills to succeed in an ever-changing world.
Sonia Sotomayor was named after the first Hispanic person to serve on the United States Supreme Court. It opened in 2016 and all classes are taught in Spanish (Todas las classes son 100% en Español).
Spanish Two-Way Immersion
Mission: For the community, parents, teachers, and students to work together to establish and maintain a learning environment that ensures each child will develop to his or her fullest potential.
Hayward Elementary was built in 1953 and became part of the Sioux Falls School District in 1970. The school was closed in 1986, rebuilt at a new site, and reopened in 1988.
Spanish Two-Way Immersion
Mission: To educate and prepare each student to succeed in a changing world.
Rosa Parks opened in 2007 with two unique programs; Spanish Immersion and Global Studies. The Spanish Immersion program is for English speaking students who learn Spanish through total immersion into the language. The Global Studies program teaches students about other countries, and students receive 15 minutes of Spanish instruction a day. The Spanish Immersion program was moved to Sonia Sotomayor in the fall of 2016.
Vision: The Spanish Immersion Program is to prepare students with the knowledge, skills, and global perspective necessary to impact tomorrow's interconnected world. The program is grounded in rigorous academic standards that are infused with the rich diversity of Spanish and English languages and cultures. Becoming bilingual will open doors to unique opportunities for all graduates.
Mission of the Sioux Falls School District Spanish Immersion Program: To successfully educate each student while developing biliteracy and fostering global competency in an ever-changing world.
Sioux Falls has twenty-three (23) Elementary Schools, serving grades K-5. Elementary instruction emphasizes the mastery of basic skills along with respect for one's self and others.
There are six (6) Middle Schools, serving grades 6-8. Middle schools are designed to meet the academic, social, and emotional needs of early adolescents. The middle school format fosters a sense of community and cooperation while allowing plenty of opportunity for exploration - both in the academic setting and through co-curricular activities.
Sioux Falls has four (4) traditional High Schools, as well as an alternative high school, a project based learning high school called New Technology High, and a Career and Technical Education Academy. The Career and Technical Education Academy (CTE Academy) is operated by the Sioux Falls School District and allows students from Sioux Falls and surrounding school districts in 9th through 12th grades to obtain advanced training in a variety of programs. Achieving our mission, to educate and prepare each student to succeed in a changing world, hinges on our ability to continually improve the effectiveness of our schools. New Technology High School is a project-based school that teaches exploration and inquiry while students engage in smaller learning communities to master all South Dakota graduation requirements.