Spanish Immersion Program
The Kindergarten Enrollment Process for JPS Spanish Immersion starts this month with Kindergarten Screening. For more information, visit our enrollment information page.
Taking advantage of your child’s “early window of opportunity” to be a global learner.
Welcome to Jenison Public Schools Spanish Immersion website. This site is intended to provide information to families who may be interested in enrolling their child in our Spanish Immersion program. As well, it serves as a communication tool for those families who already have children in our program.
In this program, English speaking students will learn the district’s rigorous core academic program through instruction in Spanish. Spanish is the means of content instruction, not just a subject of instruction. Many research studies have shown the effectiveness of language immersion programs in language and cognitive development.
Extensive research has shown that learning a second language enriches a child’s first language development and provides an enhanced sense of global awareness, linguistic confidence, and learning strategies that are useful in many aspects of life. Research findings indicate the following:
- Early language study results in greater skills in divergent thinking and figural creativity. (Landry 1973)
- Children in effective early second language programs show overall gains on standardized tests of basic skills, and derive additional cognitive, social, and affective benefits. (Taylor-Ward, 2003)
- Learning another language can enhance knowledge of English structure and vocabulary. (Curtain & Dahlberg, 2004)
- Children that learn additional languages show greater cognitive flexibility, better problem solving and higher order thinking skills. (Hakuta, 1986)