D.H. Stanton Kindergarteners Learn Curriculum in Spanish

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The kindergarten students enrolled in the new Dual Immersion Program at D.H. Stanton Elementary School are learning core curriculum for the first time in a new language, as half of their day is spent in an English-speaking class and the other half in a Spanish-speaking class.

“The students are taking core content in a new language with words that they have never heard [Spanish], but they are not afraid of it because they are learning at the same time,” says Dr. Clara Taylor, Principal at D.H. Stanton Elementary School.

The goal of the program is for students to become bilingual and biliterate in Spanish by the end of fifth grade, and transfer knowledge and skills acquired in one language to the other.

“We are just getting started, and we’re excited for the possibilities,” says Dr. Clara Taylor.

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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.

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