Spanish Language Immersion Program - ¡Hola!
The Brandywine School District is proud to offer a Spanish Language Immersion Program at three elementary schools: Claymont, Lancashire, and Maple Lane Elementary Schools. This program provides some of our youngest learners with an exciting opportunity to learn and engage in two languages and cultures—English and Spanish—during the school day. In 2021, the first cohort of BSD immersion students progressed to 6th grade, where they continued their immersion studies at Talley Middle School.
Each school year, a new cohort of kindergarten students begins their Spanish Immersion journey. Immersion classes follow the same curriculum in all content areas (reading, writing, math, science, and social studies) as all other classrooms and use many of the same materials. Two teachers instruct students in this program, one for half the day in English, and the other for half the day in Spanish. In Spanish-speaking classrooms, the teacher speaks entirely in Spanish and uses a range of strategies, including pictures, songs, games, body language, facial expressions, and more.
As students progress from grade to grade, they will have a pathway toward advanced-level proficiency in Spanish. By ninth grade, immersion students will be prepared to take the AP Spanish exam and then participate in dual-enrollment or dual-credit classes with local universities, possibly earning college credits while still in high school.
To enroll your incoming kindergarten student in this exciting program, please contact Claymont, Lancashire, or Maple Lane Elementary School. Children must be five years old by August 31 in order to enroll in kindergarten. Please note that priority will be given to students who reside in the feeder patterns for the three elementary schools offering immersion. If seats are available after feeder pattern students have enrolled, we will accept kindergarten students who have completed a School Choice application and selected Spanish Immersion as their program choice.
Students interested in Spanish immersion who do not reside in the feeder patterns of Claymont, Lancashire, and Maple Lane must complete a School Choice Application. Click Here to Learn More