SOUTH PASADENA – In January 2015, the South Pasadena Unified School District’s Board of Education approved the implementation of a Dual Immersion Language program. Dr. Steve Seaford, Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services, recommended that the Board approve a Spanish Dual Immersion Language program beginning in Kindergarten for the 2015-2016 school year, and a Mandarin Dual Immersion Language program beginning in Kindergarten for the 2016-2017 school year.
At its April 16, 2015 meeting, the South Pasadena Unified School District’s Dual Immersion Advisory Committee met to discuss and bring forth a recommendation regarding the location of the Dual Immersion Spanish Kindergarten class. The Dual Immersion Advisory Committee, comprised of community members, parents, teachers, and administrators, met over the last two months. One of the committee’s responsibilities was to determine the school site based on several criteria, including classroom space availability at each elementary school. It has been determined that the Dual Immersion Spanish Kindergarten class will be at Monterey Hills Elementary School for the 2015-2016 school year.
Dr. Laurie Narro, Principal at Monterey Hills Elementary School states, “We are about to embark upon the SPUSD goal of ‘expanding world language and cultural experiences for students' and are so excited about bringing the Dual Language Immersion Program to South Pasadena elementary aged students beginning 2015-16 school year at Monterey Hills Elementary School. We have visited various programs; received training provided by LA County Office of Education; and have worked with district leadership, in preparation of implementation. The research on Dual Immersion (DI) points to greater academic achievement, multi-cultural understanding and will help prepare our students for the global economy. We feel DI is in line with the district's goals to provide an exemplary instructional program to our students!”
For more information regarding the Dual Immersion Program, please visit the District’s website at www.spusd.net.