Spanish Immersion at Alice BoucherSpeak a Growing Louisiana Language
Bravo! Choosing an immersion experience for your child gives them distinct advantages for the rest of their lives. In this environment, students’ brains make more connections enabling them to think more creatively and become excellent problem-solvers. Students in immersion environments generally outperform students in traditional classrooms on standardized tests and have increased social skills. They grow healthy brain tissue which will keep their brains active and alert for a longer period of their lives! An investment in immersion is an investment in well-being and achievement.
What is immersion like at Alice N. Boucher? One Way Immersion offers students who do not speak Spanish the opportunity to learn Spanish language and literacy in a natural, effective way.
Students are instructed in English plus Spanish language during their PreK-5 learning journey. In immersion environments, students are exposed to a minimum of 40% of their day Spanish language. They learn math, science, social studies, Spanish language arts, English language arts, culture, plus much more.
Students, whose primary home language is not English, applying to an immersion academy, must be screened by the LPSS ESL Department’s staff in order to be eligible. Students who would benefit from ESL services will have their application considered for acceptance on a year to year basis.
Immersion is not only for the best and brightest. Immersion is for every child.
Some other benefits include:
*Students who are currently in a Pre-K Immersion environment must apply for lottery by the deadline to receive pathway priority into Kindergarten.
Spanish Immersion Pre-K students may apply for Spanish Immersion at Alice N. Boucher or Charles M. Burke Elementary.
While in middle school, students may earn Spanish I and Spanish II credit before entering High School.
Spanish Immersion 5th grade students will automatically be enrolled in Middle School Immersion at Paul Breaux Middle.
Spanish Immersion 8th grade students will automatically be enrolled in High School Immersion at Lafayette High.
*Students only receive pathway priority in the same language.
Transportation is provided for immersion students throughout the district using designated bus stops.
What Alumni are Saying...
"French Immersion is a program that shaped my life. I was enrolled the year it began and my classmates and I quickly became family. Not only were we taught in a wonderful new language, but we learned about our French heritage and connected organically with our culture. I always knew there was something special about us and the way that we were educated. We had an advantage, given our young age, to absorb as much of the language as possible. Due to this advanced learning program, our scholastic achievements often surpassed those of our non-Immersion classmates throughout our academic careers. We were also able to forge a bond of lifetime friendship with those whom we shared this unique experience."
-Megan Lindsey; World Language Alumna