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NorthPointe Christian Middle School to Launch Continuing Spanish Immersion Program
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NorthPointe Christian Middle School to Launch Continuing Spanish Immersion Program

NorthPointe Christian Schools is pleased to announce the opening of enrollment for its secondary continuing Spanish immersion program in 2017-2018. Believing that students deserve the opportunity to continue to build upon their language skills, NorthPointe Christian School will provide Spanish immersion students with approximately half of their instructional time in the immersion language. The amount of time offered in the immersion language at the secondary level is unique in the Grand Rapids area, and aligns with leading research in the field of dual language immersion education. 

 

Through partnership with add.a.lingua, a west Michigan based organization dedicated to developing instructional materials, teacher training, and student assessment, NorthPointe will provide students with a quality secondary immersion experience.

NorthPointe’s Secondary Continuing Immersion Program will build on the current Preschool - 5th grade immersion model in a move to an English/Spanish split.  Students will be with their English language counterparts for the first part of the day; the second half of the day students will learn language arts, history, and Spanish academic enrichment with a Spanish-speaking teacher.

 

NorthPointe Christian School is going to build on the solid foundation these immersion students have, and is really positioned to be a leader in the area. We’re thrilled to continue to link arms with them,” said add.a.lingua co-founder Lilah Ambrosi.

 

Continuing Immersion students will still participate in the other exciting initiatives that take place in NorthPointe’s middle school such as Middle School Marketplace (an inter-curricular business creation), J-term, Empty Bowls, the school play, and other school-wide activities.   And, like every student under NorthPointe’s roof, immersion students will be taught in a distinctively Christian environment with teachers who love God and seek to develop the whole child.

 

Middle school principal Megan Willink shared,“We believe adding Secondary Continuing Immersion Program to our middle school is going to not only enable fluency for our Spanish-speaking students but provide enrichment for our English students as the two groups of students merge and partner together in certain classes and school wide events.”

 

It’s so encouraging when a leadership team and a learning community see and embrace the power of dual language immersion education—and then take on the challenge of secondary continuing immersion in a way that research shows is best for learners. Our hats are off to the NorthPointe Christian team,” added Stacey Vanden Bosch, add.a.lingua co-founder.

 

NorthPointe looks forward to graduating fully bilingual students who are “equipped to impact their world for Jesus Christ.” 

 

Curious to know more about this program?  Please contact Admissions Rep Brittany Noll at 616.942.0363, nollb@npchristian.org or visit www.npchristian.org.

 

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