Language Immersion Program
Mary McLeod Bethune Day Academy implements a dual language program for all students in grades Pre-K3 through 5. In the immersion program, approximately 50% of instruction is provided in Spanish. 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:
Top Ten Answers for Parents about Immersion Education from the American Council on Immersion Education
What the Research Says About Immersion from the American Council on Immersion Education