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At Burnt Mills, we have a Spanish Immersion Program that follows the MCPS curriculum at all grade levels. The goal of the program is to develop the abilities of students to understand, speak, read, and write in both English and Spanish.  In Kindergarten - Third Grade, Spanish immersion students remain with their Spanish teacher all day and receive instruction in all subject areas in Spanish. 4th Grade is a transitional year where Math, Science, and Social Studies continue to be taught in Spanish while Reading and Writing are in both languages. In 5th Grade, students receive reading and writing instruction in English and Math, Science, and Social Studies in Spanish.  


 

Entry into the Program

Students are accepted into the program based on space.  No Spanish is required for entry into Kindergarten and 1st Grade.  For entry into the program after 1st Grade, the student must show command of the Spanish language at their specific grade level.  The immersion coordinator interviews and administers an assessment to a prospective student. Then a team of educators meet and make a recommendation to the principal on admittance to the program. 

 

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 Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd , and 3rd Grades

(Full Day Immersion)

These grade levels are special programs in which students are instructed in Spanish the entire day (except for specials).  The goal is to immerse the children in a target language environment while teaching the Montgomery County Public Schools curriculum.  Many visual aids, "big books", hands-on materials, songs, and much body language are used to insure the children's understanding.  As the children develop basic Spanish classroom vocabulary, they are encouraged to use these new expressions.   

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 4th– 5th Grades (English and Spanish Instruction)

Fourth Grade is a transition year for our students.  They continue receiving the curriculum in Spanish but during the Reading and Writing blocks students begin to receive instruction in both English and Spanish.   
 
In 5th grade, immersion students receive instruction for reading and writing in English while math, science and social studies continues to be taught in Spanish. Immersion lessons are purposefully planned to maximize language learning and production through the content areas covered.  Teachers include culture in reading and writing activities throughout the year. 
 
During these years, children are increasingly expected to use more of the target language to communicate (orally and in writing) about the subject area and in their classroom experiences.  Parents are encouraged to reinforce the new learning at home, allowing students to share their Spanish language experiences and deepening concept understanding in their home language. 
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