Mandarin Immersion Program 2016-17
Coronado Elementary School is accepting students in kindergarten, first, second, and third-grade for its Mandarin Choice Program for the 2016-17 school year.
Students in the Mandarin Immersion program will receive instruction in both Mandarin and English during their school day. Math and science are taught by a native Mandarin speaker. Language arts and social studies are taught by an English-speaking teacher. The students also participate in all other programs at Coronado, including physical education, the arts, after-school options and more.
Parents and families can learn more about the program during upcoming meetings at Coronado, 4333 S. DeAnza Blvd., Gilbert. A list of upcoming meetings can be found at www.husd.org/mandarin.
District considering Mandarin Immersion preschool
The Higley Unified School District is exploring the option of offering a Mandarin Immersion preschool class for the 2016-17 school year at Cooley Early Childhood Development Center, 1100 S. Recker Road, Gilbert. The program would be open to Kinder Prep/preschool students who would be enrolling in kindergarten the following school year (2017-18). Like the Mandarin Immersion program at Coronado Elementary School, the class would be co-taught by two teachers, including one who is a native Mandarin speaker and one who teaches in English.
Studies have found that students who begin learning a second language at a younger age develop stronger language skills, as well as have an easier time in language acquisition of both English and the second language.
If you are interested in learning more about this program, please complete the interest form.
Higley Program for Accelerated Learning (HPAL)
Higley Unified School District will launch the Higley Program for Accelerated Learning at Bridges Elementary School for the 2016-17 school year. The program will be open to students in grades 3-6.
Administrators and teachers are designing this program to meet the needs of Higley’s high achieving, highly motivated students. The Higley Program for Accelerated Learning will prepare students for honors classes in middle school, and AP and dual credit classes in high school. Additional information about the program will be available during an informational meeting 6 p.m. Feb. 17 at Sossaman Middle School, 18655 E. Jacaranda Blvd., Queen Creek.
Are you interested in the Accelerated Program? Please let us know by submitting the interest form.
Information about admission criteria and application forms can be found on the HPAL webpage.
Applications may be turned in at the campus you wish your child to attend.
Spanish Immersion Exploration
San Tan Elementary School is exploring the option to offer Spanish Immersion for kindergarten students beginning with the 2016-2017 school year. It is open to all kindergarten students regardless of home school. Parents who wish to learn more about this option can attend an informational meeting Thursday mornings at 9 a.m. at San Tan. This meeting will be the same information each week, so you are free to choose a Thursday that works for you.
AZ Merit Update
In Spring 2015, Higley Unified School District and schools across Arizona administered the first AzMERIT assessments. These assessments were designed to cover language arts and math.
Over the next few months, districts, schools and parents will receive results. Several different reports are available to help families understand the results. The district has put together an AzMERIT Parent Resource page to provide additional information.