D.H.Stanton Elementary School and Perkerson Elementary are accepting applications for the Kindergarten Dual Immersion program for the 2013 – 2014 school year. The goal of the program is for students to become bilingual and biliterate in Spanish by the end of fifth grade. All students who are upcoming kindergarteners in Atlanta Public Schools are eligible for this program.
Limited slots are available and the registration deadline is June 21, 2013. Please contact D.H. Stanton Principal Dr. Clara Taylor at (404) 802-4200 for an application. Please contact Perkerson Principal Shawn Bender at (404) 802-3950 for an application or visit the school to pick up an application.
D.H. Stanton and Perkerson are two of six schools across Georgia to be awarded a $15,000 grant to implement the Georgia Dual Immersion Program. This program supports acquisition of advanced-level skills in world languages and provides students and communities with competitive advantages in an increasingly global economy. During implementation of these programs, the World Languages and Global Initiatives Unit of the Georgia Department of Education will collaborate with district and school leadership to ensure proper oversight of research-based principles of dual-immersion language development.
“This is a great opportunity for our students to participate in a program that will help them complete globally,” says Dr. Clara Taylor, Principal at D.H. Stanton. “While many pay thousands of dollars for a similar program, this is offered in a public school setting, and we are excited to step up to the plate in educating students in a multi-lingual environment.”
“When we give kids a second language, the world becomes smaller. They become more collaborative, more empathetic, they become better global learners overall. These students are opening up opportunities for themselves to become prepared and compete for jobs that don’t exist yet. That kind of foresight and preparation is powerful,” says Perkerson Principal Shawn Bender.