Pasco parents interested in having their children tested for the dual-language immersion program must have “interest cards” turned in by April 17.
The program is accepting the cards from Pasco parents whose English-speaking children will be first time kindergarten students in fall 2015. Testing for prospective students started Tuesday and will continue until all eligible students have been tested. Acceptance into the program is based on eligibility, test scores, commitment for six years and parent involvement.
The district implemented the immersion program in 2004. Students learn to think, communicate, read and write in two languages: English and Spanish. The program begins in kindergarten and continues through seventh grade. The classrooms are made up as often as possible with an equal number of English- and Spanish-speaking students.
Registration for kindergarten is open at all Pasco schools. All families with students who will turn 5 by Aug. 31, 2015 are encouraged to register at their nearest school as early as possible.
Download and fill out an interest card on the Maya Angelou Elementary School website, www.psd1.org/domain/539, or pick up a card at the school, 6001 N. Road 84. For more information, call 509-543-6748. The program is held at the school.