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Fox Chapel Area to launch Spanish immersion program

Tawnya Panizzi
| Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, 12:45 p.m.

Fox Chapel Area School District plans to launch a Spanish immersion pilot program, the first of its kind in Western Pennsylvania, through which students would be taught in dual languages.

The program will be housed in the new Kerr Elementary, currently under construction. The school is expected to be open for classes in the 2019-20 school year.

Current kindergarten students from across the district will be the first to apply for admission, said Ashley Nestor, executive director of elementary education and instruction. Students selected to participate will attend the newly-constructed Kerr.

“This program will afford students the unique opportunity to become bilingual prior to leaving elementary school,” Nestor said. “With the supports and resources we are putting in place, the opportunities for our Spanish immersion students will be plentiful.”

Residents can learn about the district’s plans during October meetings at each of the four elementary schools.

Informational sessions will begin at 6 p.m. on Oct. 1 at Kerr, Oct. 2 at Fairview, Oct. 3 at Hartwood and Oct. 4 at O’Hara.

The sessions will be offered again in December.

According to the American Councils for International Education, studies show cognitive benefits derived from early language learning, as well as long-term educational and career benefits accrued by bilingual students, Nestor said.

Tawnya Panizzi is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tawnya at 412-782-2121, ext. 2, tpanizzi@tribweb.com or via Twitter @tawnyatrib.

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