Mary McLeod Bethune Day Academy implements a half-day language immersion program for all students in grades Pre-K3 through 2. After second grade, students continue to take Spanish as a regular course. In the immersion program, approximately 50% of instruction is provided in Spanish, with students learning in a Spanish only class for half of the day and an English class for the other half. Literacy instruction, along with other core subject instruction is provided simultaneously in the Spanish and English classes. Research has proven that early exposure to a second language is very beneficial to mastery of a child's native language. Research has also determined that the best time to learn a second language is prior to age twelve
Students who learn a second language at an early age benefit from having an expanded world view, greater intercultural appreciation, and the ability to learn additional languages more easily and a competitive edge as global citizens.
For more information on immersion education, please refer to the following:
What the Research Says About Immersion
from the American Council on Immersion Education