Progression & Goals

  • Instructional progression
    The goal of the program is to create a continuous, K-12 immersion pathway. Each year, the immersion program will “add” a grade as our initial class of Kindergarteners moves on to the next level. In middle school, students will continue to read, write and speak in Spanish in a variety of settings.  By high school, immersion students will be able to take the AP Spanish course in Grade 9 and then participate in dual-enrollment or dual-credit courses with local universities.

    • 2017-18 School Year: Kindergarten
    • 2018-19 School Year: K-1
    • 2019-20 School Year: K-2
    • 2020-21 School Year: K-3
    • 2021-22 School Year: K-4
    • 2022-23 School Year: K-5
    • 2023-24 School Year: The Program will advance to Middle School

    Proven advantages
    Immersion programs help us prepare our students for the jobs of tomorrow. They give students a tremendous economic advantage in an increasingly competitive world. Research has shown that exposing students to language at an early age has many benefits:

    • Language skills. Students can be expected to reach high levels of world language proficiency. By Grade 9, they will have an opportunity to earn college credit when they take Advanced Placement Spanish and its corresponding AP test. 
    • Test performance. There is a positive effect on brain development and intellectual growth. Immersion produces successful learners who perform as well or better than their peers on standardized achievement tests administered in English.
    • Cognitive skills. Dual-language learners demonstrate better attention control, memory, and problem-solving skills; as well as an enhanced understanding of their primary language.
    • Cultural sensitivity. Immersion students have a better understanding of, and appreciation for, diverse cultures.

    Why Spanish?

    • Spanish is the second most widely spoken language in the U.S., and the fourth most important international business language.
    • Bilingual employees are valuable assets to multinational companies, not only for their language skills, but for their ability to interact effectively with people around the world in either their first or second language. 
    • Knowledge of Spanish is an asset in professions with extensive Spanish-speaking networks, including: medicine, international trade, pharmaceuticals, the oil and gas industry, power generation, aviation, literature, the fine arts, gastronomy, cinema, law and business. 
    • More than 50% of modern-day English words trace their origins to Spanish. This means that Spanish has a relatively quick learning curve, which in turn boosts a student’s confidence.

    Who can participate?
    The Cape Henlopen School District will welcome our first class of language immersion students – Kindergarteners – in Fall 2017. The Immersion Program is hosted at both H.O. Brittingham Elementary and Milton Elementary Schools.
    Families who wish to enroll an incoming kindergarten student must complete an “Immersion School Choice” application. A lottery will be held to determine admission if requests exceed capacity. 
    Please note: Children must be five years old on, or before August 31, to be eligible to attend Kindergarten.