Expanded Immersion Programming for the 2023-24 School Year!

  • We are excited to announce expanded options in language immersion programming to be piloted for incoming kindergartners in the 2023-2024 school year.

    Dual Immersion in Spanish will be offered at Clearview and Westwood Elementary Schools, and Dual Immersion in Somali will be offered at Discovery and Talahi Community Schools. At Clearview, kindergartners in the fall of 2023 will transition to a dual immersion program in Spanish from full immersion. In a dual language immersion program, or two-way immersion, the goal is for students to receive instruction for at least half the day in the target language and half the day in English. In a full immersion program, students are immersed in a second language while they learn math, reading, writing, social studies, science, health and other subjects. (Specialty classes such as art may be taught in English.) Fall 2023 will mark the first year for language immersion programming at Westwood and provide open enrollment opportunities for neighboring north and west school districts.
    Dual Immersion in Somali will be piloted for kindergartners for the first time in Fall 2023 at Discovery Community School for the Discovery and Oak Hill attendance areas, and at Talahi Community School, serving the Talahi and Lincoln attendance areas. This pilot program will be the first Dual Immersion Somali program in the state of Minnesota.
    Current Spanish Immersion students at Clearview will remain in full immersion programming. Chinese immersion students at Madison will remain in full immersion programming.

    Enrollment for these programs will begin soon. For more information, attend an Immersion Information Night:

    Chinese Immersion Information Night
      • Madison (All attendance areas)
        • Jan. 12, Presentations at 4:00 & 5:00 p.m.

    Spanish Dual Immersion Information Nights (English & Spanish)

      • Clearview (Southside attendance areas)
        • Jan. 23, Presentations at 5:00 & 5:40 p.m
      • Westwood (Northside attendance areas)
        • Jan. 19, Presentation at 5:00 p.m.

    Somali Dual Immersion Information Nights (English & Somali)
      • Talahi (Lincoln & Talahi attendance areas)
        • Jan. 17, Presentations at 4:00 and 4:45 p.m.
      • Discovery (Oak Hill & Discovery attendance areas)
        • Jan. 18, Presentations at 4:00 and 4:30 p.m.

Language Immersion

  • All students are provided the unique opportunity, when entering kindergarten and first grade, to enroll in one of District 742's Language Immersion programs. These programs immerse students in a second language allowing them to become bilingual at an early age. Students who learn two languages demonstrate enhanced learning ability, academic and linguistic performance, cognitive advantages and statistically higher SAT scores. Spanish Immersion is offered at Clearview Elementary, while Chinese Immersion is at Madison Elementary. All students living within District 742 boundaries are eligible to enroll in an Immersion program and are able to receive full transportation services regardless of what school attendance area they reside in.

  • The Language Immersion program is available for Spanish at Clearview Elementary School and Mandarin Chinese at Madison Elementary School. In the school, students are immersed in Spanish/Chinese while they learn mathematics, science, reading, writing and other curriculum. Immersion means that teachers communicate only in Spanish/Chinese while teaching students.

    Language Immersion GuideBenefits of Learning Two Languages:

    • Enhances academic and linguistic performance in both languages
    • Cognitive advantages - physically enhances brain development
    • Increases career and social opportunities
    • Expands world view
    • Scores statistically higher on SAT college entrance exams
    • Increases attendance at colleges and universities
    • Improves English language skills
    • Enhances learning capacity for life

    Key Components:

    • Full-day program starting in kindergarten
    • The second language is the language of instruction for all classroom instruction in kindergarten
    • The curriculum parallels the district curriculum in all subjects
    • Students will be taught to read in the second language until third grade, at that time, there is direct instruction in English for reading in English.
    • Students will continue to be taught the other subjects in the second language through sixth grade
    • Families are requested to make a seven year commitment to the program

Immersion Websites

  • Global742.org

    • A website created by members of the Parents Action Committee, a group of Madison Elementary parents.