Bus update for the week of March 1. Service suspended for: #5 – Pine Ridge, #5 – Central Middle/Central High, #6 – Northern Trails, #6 – Northern Middle/Northern High, #74 Knapp Forest, #74 – Eastern Middle/Eastern High, #75 – Central Woodlands, #75 – Central Middle/Central High. Service resumes for: #40 – Northern Trails, #40 – Northern Middle/Northern High, #65 – Thornapple, #65 – Central Middle/Central High, #72 – Knapp Forest, #72 – Eastern Middle/Eastern High, #93 – Pine Ridge, #93 – Northern Middle/Northern High.
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.
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.