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CCUSD offering enrollment into Dual Language program

Staff Report~ 12/3/2014

CAVE CREEK – Limited enrollments are now being accepted for the Cave Creek Unified School District’s Chinese Dual Language Immersion Program for the 2015-16 school year.

Enrollments for the popular education program are being accepted on a first come-first served basis. This program takes place at Horseshoe Trails Elementary. The program began in kindergarten in August 2014 as a ‘Touch of Immersion’ preparation model and will be rolling up into first grade for the 2015-16 school year. Seats are currently still available for kindergarten and first grade.

From first grade forward, this innovative educational model will cover the grade level Arizona state standards in English and Chinese. This is accomplished by having the students spend half of the day with the English teacher and the other half of the day with the partner Chinese teacher. The Mandarin language becomes the vehicle through which students learn half of their academic content.

When starting at the early age of kinder and first grade, students’ brains are primed for this natural approach to language acquisition, which leads to high levels of proficiency over time. To learn more about the immersion program, call Horseshoe Trails Elementary’s front office at (480) 272-8500 or see www.ccusd93.org.

Additional information can be obtained from World Language Coordinator Cristina Ladas, (480) 518-4289.