Elementary Spanish Immersion

Elementary Spanish Immersion is available at ZPS for grades K-5 for the 2019-2020 academic year. The program is available at both

New Groningen Elementary
Lincoln Elementary

If you would like more information about enrolling, please contact Laurie Poll.

Philosophy

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.

Curriculum

Our Spanish Immersion classrooms follow the ZPS curriculum in all areas.

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 & Notification of Process

Notification of 2019-2020 Application Process for Zeeland Public Schools (ZPS) 
Spanish Immersion 

Registration

Registration for Zeeland Public Schools specialized programs is a two-step process:

  1. Pre-admission online. Link will be available at zps.org beginning February 4, 2019 at noon until February 5, 2019 at 6 pm. This is a time stamped numbering process for applications.
  2. Admission paperwork must be submitted on February 5, 2019 between 9 am and 6 pm EST.
  • Spanish Immersion admission paperwork (for both Lincoln and New Groningen) must be received at New Groningen Elementary, 10542 Chicago Drive, Zeeland.

Acceptance

Acceptance of Spanish Immersion Enrollment will be prioritized by the following:

  1. Siblings of currently enrolled ZPS Spanish Immersion students
  2. Children of current ZPS Spanish Immersion staff
  3. Applicants who live in district of Zeeland Public Schools, utilizing time stamped order of acceptance
  4. Applicants who live out of district of Zeeland Public Schools, utilizing time stamped order of acceptance

Notification of Placement

Families will be notified of their acceptance to a Zeeland Public Schools special program by April 1, 2019.

Questions

Questions on the procedures listed should be directed to the Office of the Superintendent.

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.

Registration K (in-district students)

Please indicate your preference for Spanish Immersion on your ZPS Kindergarten application. Only family members may register a child.
Enrollment Packet.

Out-of-District Registration

Please begin with an out-of-district application prior to the enrollment timeline. Upon approval, you will be asked to complete the enrollment process. Please indicate your preference for Spanish Immersion on your application. 

Questions / Tours?

New Groningen Elementary

Laurie Poll at 616.748.3376

Lincoln Elementary

Tom DeGraaf at 616.748.3351

Meet Our Staff

New Groningen Staff:

Lincoln Staff: