Spanish Immersion Program
Robbinsdale Area Schools has been a pioneer in offering dual language immersion learning opportunities to students for more than 30 years. Our district was the second district in Minnesota to offer the opportunity for students to be immersed in a second language. Since welcoming our first immersion kindergarten class in 1986, Robbinsdale Area Schools has remained a leader in language immersion education, offering comprehensive program to support students' academic and language development from Kindergarten through 12th Grade. In our programs, students learn the same rigorous Robbinsdale Area Schools curriculum while gaining advanced levels of proficiency in both Spanish and English.
- Become bilingual and biliterate, developing high levels of proficiency in two languages.
- Perform at or above grade level in academic areas in both languages.
- Demonstrate positive cross-cultural attitudes and behaviors.
Spanish Immersion Program
The Robbinsdale Area Schools One-Way Spanish Immersion Program is one of the oldest language immersion programs in the state of Minnesota.
- Open to all students via application and lottery at Robbinsdale Spanish Immersion Elementary
- School-wide program
- Focus on acquisition of Spanish as a second language
- District resident students receive transportation
Spanish Immersion elementary students attend Robbinsdale Spanish Immersion (RSI) with one-way 90/10 immersion program in which students are immersed the majority of their day in Spanish. Students progressively receive more instruction in English beginning in 2nd Grade.
After RSI, students attend Plymouth Middle School to continue their Spanish instruction. Students take three classes per day in Spanish at each grade level: Science, Social Studies and Spanish Language Arts.
In high school, students take one course per day in Spanish at each grade level. Armstrong High School offers Advanced Placement courses in Spanish; Cooper High School offers International Baccalaureate Immersion courses. Upon graduation, students can qualify for one of the Minnesota Bilingual Seals available from the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE).
- What if my student does not speak English or Spanish?
- How is the effectiveness of the program monitored?
- How do you honor and develop the other languages spoken by students?
- How can I help my student with their homework if I don't speak the language or understand the assignment?
- My English-speaking student is in 2nd grade and still isn't speaking any Spanish. Is the program working?
- My 5th Grade student has been in the program and is already bilingual in Spanish and English. Should they stay in the program?
- How do students in dual language programs compare academically to students in other types of educational programs?