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Immersion kindergarten class in jeopardy

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From page A8 | July 26, 2014 |

The Spanish Immersion Program at Cambridge Elementary School in the Travis School District is a fantastic educational opportunity for children to become bilingual, bicultural and better able to compete in the global marketplace in the 21st century.

Kindergartners and first-graders are instructed 90 percent of the day in Spanish and 10 percent in English. That ratio changes throughout the grade levels until they reach 50-50 in the higher levels. The program has highly qualified teachers who are required to have a special certification to teach in the program.

Immersion students develop flexibility in thinking through problem solving, conceptualizing and reasoning in two languages. They attain greater academic achievement in reading, science, social studies and mathematics. Children also develop fluency in two languages and acquire unique linguistic and cultural understandings which expand positive interactions with people. The standards and curriculum in the program are the same as for all students in the school district.

Parents are being informed that there is not enough interest in this amazing program this year to have a kindergarten class. This is completely surprising, given that typically the program has had a wait list. Additionally, there are Spanish Immersion programs at schools in Vacaville and Fairfield that are overflowing. We don’t believe that this program was effectively promoted to kindergarten parents this year.

The program needs 13 more children to sign up in order to have a kindergarten class this year. If that doesn’t happen soon, there will be no kindergarten class.

If you have a child entering kindergarten in the district and have any interest in the Spanish Immersion Program, I encourage you to take advantage of this amazing educational opportunity for your child. But you need to hurry, as time is running out. All district students are welcome. The Travis School District office number is 437-4604. You can get more information about the program by visiting the Cambridge Elementary School website at www.travisusd.org/cambridge.

Kim Yarbor

Vacaville

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  • MikeJuly 26, 2014 - 6:11 am

    All these claims supporting the program sound like selling points. Is there empirical data that proves the assertions?

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