School wants immersion in Spanish OK'd
The Arizona Republic
Jan. 26, 2007
SCOTTSDALE - Some Pueblo Elementary School students will be speaking more than
English if plans to create a foreign-language immersion program come to
Pueblo's Principal Terri Kellen shared her proposal with the Scottsdale Unified
School District governing board, which will likely vote on the program at its
Feb. 13 meeting. 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.
"The real reason is to provide students this opportunity," she said.
It's designed to teach Spanish to monolingual English speakers, which should
protect it from any legal challenges tied to Proposition 203, which requires
teaching Spanish speakers in English.
If approved, the free program would open in August at Pueblo, 6320 N. 82nd St.,
with 50 first-graders. Half of the students would live within the school's
boundaries, and the rest would be out-of-boundary students from open enrollment,
Math, social studies and science would be taught in Spanish, while language arts
classes would be 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.
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