WORLD LANGUAGE IMMERSION
Language immersion is an approach to second language instruction in which teaching and learning of core content occur in a language other than English. This means that the target language is the medium of instruction for the teacher and of learning for the students. Blue Valley uses a dual language immersion model in which students are co-taught by two full-time classroom teachers, spending half of the day in the target immersion language and half in English. The immersion program begins in kindergarten.
The online application for the 2024-25 school year will be open until March 18.
VIRTUAL INFORMATION SESSION
Learn more about Blue Valley’s Chinese Immersion program that is open to all incoming kindergarten students at a virtual information session. Interested in attending? Please register online to receive the Zoom meeting information.
Virtual Information Session for ALL incoming kindergarten families
Monday, Feb 26, 2024 at 5pm
Meeting will be conducted via Zoom. Please register online to receive the Zoom link and meeting information.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
The goal of immersion is language acquisition at a proficiency level equal to the native language, with content and culture as complementary components. Blue Valley's long-term goal is for students to graduate with distinctive bi-lingual skills in multiple language families that set them apart for academic and professional success, as well as provide lifelong personal reward and global intercultural connections.
- Enhances cognitive skills
- Increases cultural competence
- Better prepares students for the global community where a second language is an asset
- Improves performance on standardized tests
- Teaches second languages skills
SITES AND OPTIONS
Wolf Springs Elementary
Blue Valley Schools’ inaugural language immersion program began in the 2017-18 school year at Wolf Springs Elementary.
Valley Park Elementary
Valley Park Elementary is the district’s second Chinese Immersion program site. The first class started in the 2018-19 school year. The Chinese Immersion program will transition to one site beginning with the 2024-25 school year. Mandarin instruction via Chinese Immersion will be available at Valley Park for grades 2-5 during the 2024-25 school year. Each consecutive year, a grade level will cease to be part of Chinese Immersion with the final class exiting after the 2027-28 school year.
ELEMENTARY CHINESE IMMERSION FAQs
For answers to many frequently asked questions, visit our FAQ page.
MIDDLE SCHOOL CHINESE IMMERSION INFORMATION
The middle school program began in the fall of 2023 at ABMS and in the fall of 2024 at OTMS.
Please visit the Middle School Chinese Immersion page.