Our full immersion program is designed to help students develop native-like language skills while also meeting the district’s academic benchmarks. The students spend large portions of their day learning Zeeland Public Schools curriculum in Spanish: reading, writing, math, science, and social studies (depending on the grade level).
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 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.
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.
Program overview and progression
Elementary Spanish Immersion is available at ZPS for grades K-5. The program is available at both New Groningen Elementary and Lincoln Elementary.
Secondary Spanish Immersion is available at ZPS for grades 6-12. The program is available at both Cityside Middle School (6-8) and Zeeland High Schools (9-12)
If you would like more information about enrolling, please contact Mary Miilu.
Registration & Notification of Process
Registration and Enrollment Information
Please visit our enrollment page for more information.
Acceptance of Spanish Immersion Enrollment will be prioritized by the following:
- Siblings of currently enrolled ZPS Spanish Immersion students
- Children of current ZPS staff
- Applicants who live in district of Zeeland Public Schools, utilizing time stamped order of acceptance
- 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.
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.
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.