World Language Immersion Expands for 2015-16 School Year
By Kelli Steele

Next fall, more than 2,300 kindergarten through third grade students will be enrolled in Governor Jack Markell's World Language Expansion Initiative, as six more schools across the state begin offering students the opportunity to participate in an elementary immersion program studying either Mandarin Chinese or Spanish.

The initiative was launched in the 2012-13 school year with four programs in three elementary schools. An annual investment of $1.9 million will support programs reaching nearly 10,000 students in K-8 immersion programs by 2022.

Schools already participating in the initiative include: Caesar Rodney School District's McIlvaine Early Childhood Center, Frear Elementary and Simpson Elementary (all Mandarin Chinese); Capital School District's South Dover Elementary (Spanish); Christina School District's Downes (Mandarin Chinese) and Pulaski (Spanish) elementary schools; Indian River School District's Clayton and East Millsboro elementary schools (both Spanish); Red Clay Consolidated School District's Lewis Elementary (Spanish); and Seaford School District's Blades and West Seaford elementary schools (both Spanish).

An additional six schools in five districts will begin offering the program for the 2015-2016 school year, including the Appoquinimink, Brandywine, Capital and Colonial School District's.

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