Salem-Keizer's Two-Way Immersion education program integrates native English speaking students with native Spanish speaking students for content and language instruction. Two-Way Immersion classrooms develop bilingual, bi-literate and bi-cultural students who are academically successful and are proficient in both English and Spanish. Our programs offer cross-cultural connections and cultural literacy. The program provides an environment that embraces diversity and strives for excellence.
become bilingual, bi-literate and multi-culturally aware.
develop high-level cognitive skills.
acquire academic content and linguistic competence in two languages.
thrive in a classroom environment that promotes linguistic and ethnic equality and fosters positive cross-cultural attitudes.
contribute to their community as participants and leaders.
Ideally, classrooms are composed of 50 percent native English speakers and 50 percent native Spanish speakers. Language instruction varies from 80/20 percent Spanish/English in the lower grades to 50/50 in the upper grades. The same Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are taught in the Two-Way Immersion classroom as are taught statewide. This provides students the opportunity to learn how to read, write, listen and speak in two languages.
Integrated schooling with native English speakers and language minority students learning the curriculum through each other’s languages.
High expectations and high outcomes in student performance in a challenging curriculum delivered through two languages.
Equal status of the two languages which creates self-confidence among language minority students and additive bilingual context for both language group.
Healthy parent involvement among both language minority and native-English-speaking parents for closer home-school collaboration.