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Aiken, South Carolina to add three immersion schools: Mandarin, Spanish and German

July 10, 2019
The schools will begin with Kindergarten classes and build out from there.
The district is in a suburb north of the Augusta, South Carolina.

Partial World Language Immersion coming to district elementary schools

From: The Aiken Standard

Mandarin Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world and represents a growing presence within South Carolina’s business and industry sectors, and students at Belvedere Elementary School will be able to tap into that learning and earning potential starting in August. Aiken County Public Schools’ World Language Opportunities for elementary school students doesn’t stop there, though.

Belvedere will join Clearwater and Millbrook Elementary schools as World Language Immersion campuses beginning in the 2019-20 school year. Clearwater Elementary will feature language and cultural immersion in Spanish; Millbrook Elementary will offer the same unique programming in German. Elementary World Language programs in Aiken County Public Schools will begin with Kindergarten students, and expand to later grades as students advance in grade-level instruction.

“Beginning the program in Kindergarten provides the opportunity for the first cohorts to be immersed throughout their elementary grades thereby increasing the likelihood of becoming fluent in the second language,” said Aiken County Public Schools Executive Director of Elementary Schools Julie Revelle.

Please read more here.

The district’s brochure is here.
A story on the announcement here.
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