No. Parents do not need to be bilingual for their children to enroll and succeed in a dual immersion program.
The Dual Immersion program at San Martin/Gwinn is a K-8 program. Program research data indicates that students develop dual language proficiency in a minimum of four to six years (Lindholm-Leary, 1987, 2001). Parents who enroll their children in the Dual Immersion program are strongly encouraged to make a commitment to participate through all grades, as this will result in the best outcome for your child.
Enrollment is encouraged for students entering kindergarten or first grade, and are native speakers of either English or Spanish. In addition, bilingual children can usually enter the program in any grade if spots are available. Please contact us for more information.
As this is an optional program, bus service is not generally available to children outside the San Martin/Gwinn attendance area. However, there is one bus stop in the Main/Peak area to help accommodate children from the northern side of town. Please contact us for details.
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