A Reference Guide to Dual language immersion programs
Many families understand the importance of raising bilingual kids and more often now opt to find dual language immersion programs. When in search of schools for their children families may face a challenge to find a local immersion program in the area.
The decision to have your child participate in a dual language immersion program is not the easiest decision to make. Immersion programs are available in various models however program availability varies among states and within school districts.
Below you’ll find how to search for immersion program availability in your area.
Local Community Agencies
A local community agency may have information about school registrations in the area. Contact local agencies that focus on advocating for parents and their children’s education. Additionally, local agencies may be able to help with new student registrations or provide information to parents about kindergarten registrations.
State Education Department Websites
State education departments provide valuable information about local school districts and dual language programming. More specifically, check out your state’s education department website to obtain relevant contact information. A recent initiative about dual language immersion programming has prompted state agencies to lead and support dual language instruction.
The Federal Department of Education may also be a good start. In the Federal Department of Education website, you will find your state DOE information to begin your search for dual language immersion programs.
School District Websites
Local school district websites also provide programming and registration information for new families. So then one way to find your local school district website is to search your state education agency using the above link. Email or call local school districts to inquire about the availability of dual language immersion programs.
Registration for Immersion Programs should be done as early as possible because spaces are sometimes limited and quickly filled. Some school districts require parents to complete a choice application to register their child in a dual language immersion program.
Some local agencies provide educational options online available to parents in local areas. The Center for Applied Linguistics website contains a searchable directory of language immersion programs. Although the website may not be fully updated it is constantly adding availability of dual language immersion programs in all areas.
Dual language immersion programs are an excellent educational option to raise bilingual kids. Research shows that bilingual learners reach high academic standards and succeed academically even when they take longer to show gains. Give your child the opportunity of being bilingual!
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