WORLD LANGUAGE IMMERSION

  • Chinese Immersion Program Language immersion is an approach to second language instruction in which teaching and learning of core content occur in a language other than English. This means that the target language is the medium of instruction for the teacher and of learning for the students. Blue Valley uses a dual language immersion model in which students are co-taught by two full-time classroom teachers, spending half of the day in the target immersion language and half in English. The immersion program begins in kindergarten and participating families are asked to make a long-term, multi-year commitment to immersion education.
     

    APPLICATION

    Learn more about Blue Valley’s Chinese Immersion program that is open to all incoming kindergarten students at a virtual information session. Interested in attending? Please register online to receive the Zoom meeting information.

     

    • Virtual Information Session for ALL incoming kindergarten families (Wolf Springs Elementary program) 
      • Monday, Feb. 14, 2022 @ 6 p.m. 
      • Meeting will be conducted via Zoom. Please register online to receive the Zoom link and meeting information.

     

    • Virtual Information Session for Valley Park Elementary families ONLY 
      • Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022 @ 6 p.m.
      • Meeting will be conducted via Zoom. Please register online to receive the Zoom link and meeting information.

     

    The application period for the 2022-23 school year will open on Feb. 16.

     

    GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

    The goal of immersion is language acquisition at a proficiency level equal to the native language, with content and culture as complementary components. Blue Valley's long-term goal is for students to graduate with distinctive bi-lingual skills in multiple language families that set them apart for academic and professional success, as well as provide lifelong personal reward and global intercultural connections.

     

    PROGRAM INFORMATION

    Learn more about Chinese Immersion.

     

    PROVEN BENEFITS

    • Enhances cognitive skills

    • Increases cultural competence

    • Better prepares students for the global community where a second language is an asset

    • Improves performance on standardized tests

    • Teaches second languages skills

     

    SITES AND OPTIONS

    Wolf Springs Elementary

    Blue Valley Schools’ inaugural language immersion program began in the 2017-18 school year at Wolf Springs Elementary. The school will welcome its sixth incoming kindergarten immersion class in August 2022. Up to one-half of immersion students at Wolf Springs come from the Blue Valley Southwest attendance area. Students must be enrolled in in-person learning to apply. 


    Valley Park Elementary

    Valley Park Elementary is the district’s second Chinese Immersion program site. The school will welcome its fifth incoming kindergarten immersion class in August 2022. Students must reside in the VPE attendance boundary to be considered for the VPE program. Siblings of current immersion students will have preference regardless of home school. Students must be enrolled in in-person learning to apply.

      

    FAQs 

    For answers to many frequently asked questions, visit our FAQ page

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