Academics

Spanish Immersion

The ability to speak more than one language is increasingly important in today’s interdependent world. When a foreign language is learned at an early age, children have native-like pronunciation and grammar control. Americans fluent in other languages can benefit society, increasing global competitiveness and communication. According to the U.S. Census, about 40 million U.S. residents speak Spanish in their home and that number is projected to continue rising. Currently, Spanish is the second most common language in the United States. The Spanish Immersion program at Lakeshore Elementary is committed to immersing students into the Spanish language and culture in order for them to be better equipped for success in our increasingly global world. In our immersion program, the regular school curriculum is taught in Spanish for at least half of the school day. We currently offer this program for 3 and 4-year-old preschool as well as grades K—5 at Lakeshore Elementary. Students may then continue on to the immersion program at Harbor Lights Middle School and West Ottawa High School.