A young child’s brain is built for acquiring language. It has many more synapses (connecting points) than older brains, because our brains strengthen the connections they use often and trim the synapses they no longer use. All children use this natural capacity to learn their home language.
Simply put, immersion education is another way to learn. Children at Eagle Heights Spanish Immersion learn Spanish at the same time they are learning other subjects, because their instruction in reading, writing, math, science, social studies, and health happens in Spanish.
Families and educators in Florida started the first immersion education program in the United States in 1963, and immersion programs have existed in many languages and many countries around the world for even longer.
Gaining a high level of proficiency in another language brings many benefits to children. In terms of cognitive abilities, fully proficient bilingual people outperform monolingual people in the areas of divergent thinking, pattern recognition, and problem solving ( Fortune, 2012).
Many parents initially worry that immersion will have a negative effect on their child’s development of language skills in English. However, as mentioned above, research actually shows that immersion education benefits English language development.
Eagle Heights Spanish Immersion is a public K-6 elementary school. At Eagle Heights Spanish Immersion, we have created an immersion education program designed to bring children to high levels of proficiency in Spanish. As research on immersion shows, more time spent learning the new language (Spanish, in our case) leads to greater proficiency.
A firm commitment is essential for children to gain the benefits that immersion education offers. Parents need not have any knowledge of Spanish, in fact most of our families do not know Spanish. However, EHSI parents support their children in the following ways:
Eagle Heights Spanish Immersion is a public school located in Eden Prairie, MN, which is in a small city setting. The student population of Eagle Heights Spanish Immersion is 820 and the school serves K-6.
Eagle Heights Spanish Immersion is ranked #255 in Minnesota Elementary Schools. Schools are ranked on their performance on state-required tests, graduation, and how well they prepare their students for high school. Read more about how we rank the Best Elementary Schools.
How Eagle Heights Spanish Immersion placed statewide out of 871 schools ranked in Minnesota.
At Eagle Heights Spanish Immersion, 71% of students scored at or above the proficient level for math, and 76% scored at or above that level for reading. Compared with the district, the school did better in math and better in reading, according to this metric.
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