The District's Two-Way Immersion program, which will debut at Sauk Trail for kindergarten students in the 2017-18 school year, will hold four informational meetings for families interested in learning more.
The Two-Way Immersion program is only available to incoming kindergarten students living in the Sauk Trail attendance area for 2017-18.
The first meeting will take place on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Sauk Trail. The other scheduled meetings are:
- Thursday, Feb. 23: 6 to 7 p.m., Sauk Trail
- Tuesday, March 14: 9:15 to 10:15 a.m., Middleton Baby & Child Care Center
- Tuesday, April 18: 3 to 4 p.m., Sauk Trail
Interested families must attend one of the informational meetings in order to receive an application. All applications must be received at the District Services Center, 7106 South Ave., Middleton, by 4:30 p.m. on April 28.
The program is expected to have spaces for approximately 18 spaces for students from Spanish-speaking homes and approximately 18 spaces for students from homes where English or another language is spoken. If there are more applicants than there are seats available, a lottery will be held and a wait list created. Families will be notified of the lottery results after May 1 but before kindergarten visitation days take place at Sauk Trail.
Two-Way Immersion is a form of dual language education in which approximately half of the students in each classroom come from Spanish-speaking homes and the other half come from English-speaking homes (or homes where another language is spoken). All students learn English and Spanish in addition to academic content.
The MCPASD program will be a 50-50, two-teacher model. Students will receive 50 percent of their academic instruction in Spanish and 50 percent of it in English. One teacher will teach in Spanish and the other in English. Students will switch teachers partway through the day.
Students will learn language arts, literacy, science and social studies in Spanish. Language arts, literacy and math will be taught in English.
The District plans to add one grade level each subsequent year at Sauk Trail. The District is also exploring adding a second site in future years.