It’s not too early to begin thinking about kindergarten for next fall. If you are a resident living within the Forest Hills Public School District and have a child who will be entering kindergarten in the fall of 2019, did you know that you could enroll your child in a kindergarten language immersion program? Whether the avenue is early total one-way Spanish immersion or early 50/50 one-way immersion in Mandarin Chinese, there are pathways to bilingualism and bi-literacy through immersion education beginning in kindergarten.
The kindergarten Spanish immersion program is housed at Ada Vista Elementary School and the Mandarin Chinese program is housed at Meadow Brook Elementary School. There are two ways Forest Hills residents are accepted into a dual language immersion program. One is through siblings and the other is through an in-district lottery. Families who currently have enrolled immersion students or have immersion alumni siblings are eligible for the sibling registration.
Sibling registration begins this year on Dec. 3, 2018, and ends Dec. 21, 2018, at 4 p.m. New student lottery registration begins Jan. 7, 2019, and ends Feb. 8, 2019, at 4 p.m. Both Ada Vista and Meadow Brook elementary schools have many opportunities for families to explore more about immersion programs, to attend events, and to tour the programs. These tours can help families learn more about language immersion, the steps language immersion students follow throughout their education at FHPS, and how families can support their child’s learning.
For additional information on upcoming tour dates and times, and for more information about the enrollment process, please click here for our language immersion enrollment page.