Parents of children entering kindergarten in the fall of 2022 are invited to a Dual Immersion Kindergarten Information Night to be held on Zoom. For families thinking about enrolling their children at Flowery, this is the night to learn about dual immersion, ask questions, and consider the benefits.
The event will be from 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 26. The school is located on Depot Road, just off of Highway 12 in Fetters Hot Springs.
Dual immersion staff will explain how curricula and teaching resources in both English and Spanish are used to deliver a Common Core Standards-based program. The evening will include a few words from students, an overview of dual immersion, and Q and A time with current Flowery parents, teachers and the principal.
Based on a successful model developed in the 1960s in Quebec, dual immersion education provides children with fluency and literacy in two languages while cultivating greater cognitive flexibility, increased attention control, better memory and enhanced problem-solving skills.
Dual immersion at Flowery began in 1998 with 20 students and a $1,000,000 Title VII grant. In December 2004, the school board voted to make Flowery a “dual immersion school of choice.” Then in 2006, Flowery was awarded a $500,000 Foreign Language Assistance Program grant to support final expansion. In partnership with Adele Harrison’s dual immersion program, Flowery was awarded the Jack London Award for Educational Innovation in 2009 by Sonoma State University’s School of Education.
Dual immersion extends through 5th grade at Flowery and grades 6-8 at Adele Harrison Middle School. There are almost 500 dual immersion students in grades K-8. Flowery’s first dual immersion class graduated from Sonoma Valley High School in 2011 including valedictorian, Noah Huyette.
Flowery and Adele Harrison Middle School are partners in providing a dual immersion program that educates children for success in a global society. For further information, go to http://floweryschool.org/. Call 935-6060 to request the Zoom link, or access it on the Flowery website a few minutes before the meeting.