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Seaford's Dual Language Immersion Program: Learning Two Languages Since Kindergarten

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SEAFORD, De.- The Seaford School District is getting ready to graduate its first class from the dual language immersion program to middle school.

"It has been wonderful to see our students grow," says Dr. Krissy Jennette, Blades Elementary Principal.

The programs allow students, starting in kindergarten, to take classes in both English and Spanish throughout the school day.

"Half the day they learn in English and the other half in Spanish," says Dr. Jennette. "They learn subjects like science and math in another language, it's quite impressive," she adds.

For some students like Lilia Villalobos, learning in two languages is a priceless opportunity.

"I speak Spanish at home and then I also learn it at school," says Lilia. "When I grow up, I want to be a teacher just like the one who teaches me here."

As their first class gets ready to graduate to Middle School, the district now prepares for a new kindergarten class.

"Registration for Kindergarten starts in the beginning of April," says Dr. Jennette. "We encourage all the families to come out and learn about the program."

Khristina McDowell is one of the partner teachers for the second-grade class. She's also the mother of one of the students in the program.

"It's just amazing as a mom of a kindergartener not even as a teacher seeing her pick up a new language," says McDowell.

Dr. Jennette says the students in the program are on the same academic level as those in regular classrooms. She says when it comes to languages, the earlier the better.

"Our students leave second grade with an impressive proficiency in both languages. I'm blown away by our second graders. They are able to fully answer in complete sentences, carry on and explain their mathematical thinking and processes in Spanish, which is truly an amazing thing," she says. 

The dual language immersion program is also available in other schools and districts throughout the state. For a complete lists of the areas that offer the program click here. 

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