Fiscal Year 2017 → Question 32
As background information, there are currently seven elementary immersion programs in Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS). These seven programs are hosted at the following schools:
Students who participated in an elementary immersion program may continue the immersion experience at one of these middle school Foreign Language Immersion programs—
Immersion students entering high schools automatically articulate into a level 4 course of the language they studied in elementary and middle school. Our level 4 curricula are designed to be taught entirely in the target language. These courses focus on a broad range of thematic and linguistic topics which allow students to continue to experience an immersion-like setting. In our upper level courses, which include International Baccalaureate as well as Advanced Placement Language and Culture courses, students continue to communicate orally and in writing with increased proficiency in a culturally appropriate manner.
Our current middle school immersion programs consist of two courses taught in the target language (Chinese/French/Spanish and Social Studies). Expanding this model to high schools would require not only ensuring stable enrollment, but also recruiting highly qualified teachers certified in two content areas.
By expanding the immersion program to high schools, MCPS would be able to:
The following should also be considered: