The Emerson Spanish Immersion Learning Center is an academically-based two-way language immersion program in which the target languages (Spanish/English) are used as the vehicle of instruction for native English and Spanish speaking students. Education using immersion provides a unique academic experience in which students master Minneapolis Public Schools curriculum objectives and learn Spanish or English as a second language during the elementary years when languages are most easily learned and retained.
• Oldest immersion program in Minnesota.
• Grade levels Pre-Kindergarten through 5th. Grades 6-8 follow the pathway to Anwatin IB/Dual Language Middle School.
• 555 students representing many different ethnic groups.
• Students live in most areas of Minneapolis. Many students also live in the suburbs.
• Student mobility less than 12% - extremely stable environment
• Many classroom teachers are native Spanish speakers with all K-5 teachers being bilingual.
• Emerson is one of three K- 5 schools in Minneapolis offering a dual-Spanish-language immersion program.
• Emerson provides a traditional classroom learning environment. A wide variety of teaching methods is used, including direct instruction, cooperative learning, cross language peer tutoring and multiage groupings.
• At Emerson SILC, students serve as native-speaker role models for each other and develop positive cross-cultural attitudes.
• Language immersion provides an enriched educational experience without traveling abroad and without considerable expense to the school system or families involved.
• Test results show that students in dual-immersion programs like Emerson progress further academically over time than their peers in traditional school programs.