8:35 am June 29, 2009, by Laura Diamond
We’ve had so much news lately that I haven’t had the time to blog about a Clayton elementary school where students become bilingual in English and Spanish by the time they enter middle school.
The students at Unidos Dual Language Charter School in Forest Park are a mix of native English and native Spanish speakers. At least half the classes are taught in Spanish.
This isn’t the first school to focus on a second language, but few have such an even balance between English and another language.
In many ways this design makes sense. Children tend to pick up languages easier. And it is a way to tap into the massive influx of immigrants moving to the area.
This Clayton school is focusing on Spanish, but I imagine some other schools could emphasize Chinese, Korean, Arabic or other languages, depending on the community.
There is a trade-off. School organizers admit test scores on state exams are low the first few years students are at the school.
Would you enroll your child in a bilingual school? Is this something more schools and districts should offer?
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