Elementary Spanish Immersion is available at ZPS for grades K-5 for the 2017-2018 academic year. The program is available at both New Groningen Elementary and Lincoln Elementary. If you would like more information about enrolling, please contact Laurie Poll.
Our full immersion program is designated to help students develop native-like language skills while also meeting the district’s academic benchmarks. The students spend the entire day learning Zeeland Public Schools curriculum in Spanish: reading, writing, math, science, and social studies).
Why Immersion at ZPS?
Research shows that language learning is easiest when started at a young age, and in today’s global economy the ability to speak a second language expands employment opportunities and promotes job security. Additionally, early language learning helps promote brain development. Immersion students have been linked to higher scores on English language standardized tests, have stronger critical thinking skills, are more creative, and have better problem solving skills. ZPS Spanish Immersion educators work diligently to teach the district’s curriculum in Spanish while deepening a cultural awareness for students.
English Language Development
Through careful planning and articulation, ZPS Immersion students will develop strong English language skills in addition to their Spanish language skills. English language instruction starts in 3rd grade with the time spent learning in English gradually increasing with each grade level thereafter.
Our Spanish Immersion classrooms follow the ZPS curriculum in all areas. We use the add.a.lingua grade level framework to structure the scope and sequence of language arts / vocabulary lessons.
Our Spanish Immersion classes join ZPS traditional classes on all field trips. Additionally, Immersion-specific field trips are planned. Students also experience a cultural celebration at the end of each year, in which the food, songs, and artistry of Spanish speaking countries are shared and enjoyed.
Registration for the Spanish Immersion program is available on a first come-first served basis. Please note all elementary Spanish Immersion applications (for both New Groningen and Lincoln) will be accepted at New Groningen Elementary, 10542 Chicago Drive, Zeeland.
ZPS will accept Spanish Immersion enrollment for 1st – 5th grades provided the student participated in a Spanish Immersion program in their prior district. Enrollment will be accepted based on availability.
Siblings of currently enrolled ZPS Spanish Immersion students will be given priority enrollment.
Registration K (in-district students)
Please indicate your preference for Spanish Immersion on your ZPS Kindergarten application. Only family members may register a child. For enrollment paperwork, click here.
Please begin with an out-of-district application. Upon approval, you will be asked to complete an enrollment packet.
Meet Our Spanish Immersion Staff
New Groningen Staff:
Secondary Spanish Immersion
Zeeland Public Schools also offers Spanish Immersion for high school students.
Please contact John Holwerda at 616.748.4502
Zeeland Public Schools is proud to partner with add.a.lingua for our Spanish Immersion programs.