A group of Pueblo Elementary School students will be spend
half of their school days next school year learning in Spanish.
February 15, 2007
Author: Ofelia Madrid, The Arizona Republic Estimated printed pages: 2
A group of Pueblo Elementary School students will be spend half of their school
days next school year learning in Spanish.
Pueblo is the first school in the Scottsdale Unified School District to create a
foreign-language immersion program designed to teach Spanish to monolingual
The Scottsdale school board approved the program Tuesday. It is scheduled to
launch in August with first-graders.
Pueblo school officials modeled the program after a similar program at Cave
Creek's Desert Willow Elementary School.
Since participating students must be fluent in English, officials don't
anticipate any legal challenges tied to Proposition 203, which requires teaching
Spanish speakers in English.
Pueblo's Principal Terri Kellen devised the plan to combat the school's
shrinking enrollment. Scottsdale's recent condominium conversions and the
neighborhood's aging demographics have left 480 students at the 700
student-capacity school, officials said.
The free program at the 6320 N. 82nd St. campus will start with 50
first-graders. Half of the students would live within the school's boundaries,
and the rest would be out-of-boundary students accepted through open enrollment,
Math, social studies and science would be taught in Spanish, while language arts
classes would be offered in English.
"The goal is by the end of sixth grade, that they can read, write and speak in
Spanish," Kellen said.
The voluntary program already has a healthy waiting list, she added.
Plans also include offering French and Spanish as 2008 summer school courses,
which would be open to all Pueblo students.
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