Language immersion programs provide students with the opportunity to become bilingual and bi-literate.
Studies have shown that immersion students have more cognitive flexibility and stronger problem-solving skills. For native Spanish speakers, research shows that a dual-language program can help close the achievement gap.
Proposed funds will support world language immersion programs at two elementary schools: Hodge Road Elementary School in Knightdale and Stough Elementary School in Raleigh.
Hodge Road will receive a dual-language immersion program, with students receiving 50 percent of their instruction in English and 50 percent in Spanish. Stough will begin a full Chinese immersion consisting of students receiving all instruction in Mandarin Chinese.
Additionally, Jeffreys Grove Elementary School, which is currently implementing a full Spanish immersion program, will continue to expand the program through second grade. The proposed funding will provide for instructional supplies for grades 2 through 5.