Language immersion is an educational approach in which students are taught the curriculum content through the medium of a second language. In this way, immersion students not only learn the content, but also gain knowledge of the language in which it is taught.
MCPS has immersion programs in seven elementary schools, beginning in Kindergarten: three total immersion and four partial immersion.
MCPS does not offer world language instruction at the elementary level. The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) of each elementary school can begin a FLES program at the school. By working with the FLES office (part of the non-profit MCCPTA-EPI dba Big Learning), a PTA may offer a before or after school program for most modern languages. Beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels may be offered, dependent on sufficient enrollment.