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St. Paul, Minn. to get new Mandarin immersion school

June 4, 2011

From the sound of it, St. Paul will be getting a new Mandarin immersion Kindergarten class added into an already existing Spanish immersion school. Is this correct? Just checking.

From MinnPost.com

St. Paul’s Spanish immersion school celebrates 25 years

By Joe Kimball | Published Fri, Jun 3 2011 7:18 am

It was 25 years ago that the St. Paul school district opened its Spanish immersion school in the old Webster Elementary building. Students at the Adams Spanish Immersion Magnet School have been speaking Spanish all day, in all of their subjects, ever since.

Today the district celebrates the quarter-century anniversary of the program with a 5:30 p.m. event at the school, 615 S. Chatsworth St.

District Superintendent Valeria Silva will be there; she was once principal of the school and is a big fan of the immersion programs:

“I am proud of our tradition of immersion programs in St. Paul Public Schools,” Superintendent Silva said. “Immersion programs give students a global perspective and have proven to help students succeed. And we are excited to expand immersion programs as we introduce a Kindergarten Mandarin immersion program this coming school year. ”

The Spanish program started with two grades in the old Webster School, now known as the Barack and Michelle Obama Service Learning Elementary School. Today, the Adams program has 728 students, who can move from the elementary program into Spanish immersion programs at Highland Junior High and Highland Senior High.

And since the opening of Adams, the district has added dual-language programs in French, Hmong and Mandarin.

Article here.

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