About the Spanish Immersion Program
The Forest Hills Public Schools Spanish Immersion Program is the largest and most veteran K-12 Spanish language immersion program in our state. The program’s pioneer class celebrated 13 years of Spanish Immersion upon graduation in the spring of 2012. Today, we continue to celebrate the 1,000+ students enrolled!
Learners in grades K-6 experience an Early-Total One-Way Spanish Immersion Model. Upon entrance to middle school, the program shifts to a Secondary Continuing Dual Language Immersion Model. At the secondary level, two classes are taught in the target language as we build upon the K-6 experience and further enhance oral speaking, listening, reading, and writing capacity in Spanish.
Transportation is provided utilizing regional bus stops for all Spanish immersion students in grades K-12. Questions regarding transportation should be directed to the FHPS Transportation Department.
- In the United States, 1 in 7 persons is Hispanic.
- By 2020, Hispanics are expected to account for half of the growth in the United States’ labor force.
- Spanish is the second most widely spoken language in the world.
- Spanish is a “gateway” language that will train the brain, thus making it easier to learn other languages.
As the Forest Hills Public Schools Spanish Immersion continues to grow and evolve in its 15+ year existence, research continues to articulate the importance of a consistent balance between core content instruction and language instruction. Our current partnerships reflect a commitment to this balance.
Language Testing International has helped us here in Forest Hills to establish the district as an official ACTFL OPI and ProFluent+ testing site. Through this partnership, interested high school juniors who are ready to take a Spanish Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI), may sign up to do so. FHPS is equipped to import OPI and ProFluent+ scores to the high school transcript in order for colleges and universities to be aware of our immersion students’ unique educational experience and linguistic capacity.
Local Colleges & Universities
Presently, some of our high school students appreciate and take advantage of the opportunity for dual enrollment at local colleges and universities. For information on our current college and university partnerships available for dual enrollment for Spanish Immersion learners, please contact the Northern High School office.
An organization that began in a grass-roots fashion with the very first gathering held at Ada Vista Elementary nearly a decade ago, WMAIE has recently become a local nonprofit organization. All Forest Hills Dual Language Immersion teachers are members of WMAIE and are able to benefit from professional learning opportunities and networking with our region’s immersion educators.
Partnering With Families
As a district, we value partnerships with the families in our communities. In the Spanish Immersion Program, our parents and community members work to support the students and staff in their drive to uphold the goals of the immersion education experience.
The Ada Vista PTO partners with the principal, classroom teachers, and support staff to contribute to the academic, linguistic, and cultural experiences that students have in the Spanish Immersion program. Read an article about Ada Vista covered by School News Network.
Spanish Road Map
FHPS is privileged to have a partnership with Language Testing International (LTI), the organization certified to administer language assessments from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).
Spanish Immersion students who are current Juniors/11th graders have the option to take the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (ACTFL-OPI) for a certified ACTFL proficiency rating to be placed on the high school transcript. For detailed information about the OPI, consider reading the ACTFL OPI Familiarization Manual.
If you have further questions, please call our office at (616) 493-8800.