Modeled after the pioneering French immersion programs developed in Canada in the 1960s, the LUSD foreign language immersion programs are designed to enrich the education of native-English-speaking students by teaching them all of their academic subjects in a second language. The goal is for students to become proficient in the second language and develop increased cultural awareness while reaching a high level of academic achievement. Students develop proficiency in the second language by hearing and using it to learn all of their school subjects rather than by studying the language itself.
In foreign language immersion programs, the regular school curriculum is taught in the immersion language for at least half of the school day. In partial immersion programs, instructional time is divided equally between English and the immersion language throughout the elementary grades. In full immersion programs, teachers use no English at all in the early grades.
Two-Way Immersion – Programs that give equal emphasis to English and a non-English language and in which one to two thirds of the students are native speakers of the non-English language, with the remainder being native speakers of English.
INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY AT WINTER GARDENS AND RIVERVIEW - SPANISH & MANDARIN
WINTER GARDENS SCHOOL - Grades K & 1
RIVERVIEW SCHOOL – Grades 2 through 5
Riverview International Academy Spanish immersion program begins as full immersion in Kindergarten with English instruction beginning in 2nd grade at approximately 20% and increasing incrementally to approximately 50% by 5th grade. Spanish immersion students receive Mandarin instruction 2 times per month in grades K-2. In grades 3-5, Spanish immersion students receive approximately 120 minutes of Mandarin per week.
Riverview International Academy Mandarin immersion program is a partial immersion model providing 50% Mandarin instruction and 50% English instruction in grades K-5. Mandarin immersion students receive Spanish instruction 2 times per month in grades K-2 and approximately 120 minute of Spanish per week in grades 3-5.
LAKEVIEW PARTIAL IMMERSION PROGRAM – Grades K through 4
Lakeview Spanish immersion program is partial immersion model providing 50% Spanish instruction and 50% English instruction in grades K-5
LEMON CREST TWO-WAY IMMERSION PROGRAM – Grade K
Lemon Crest Spanish immersion program is a program for English learners and English speakers to develop proficiency in Spanish and English.