Welcome and thank you for your interest in Rockford Spanish Immersion! At Rockford Spanish Immersion, students learn the district’s core curriculum through Spanish rather than English. In other words, students are “immersed” into the language and study the same content as other students, but while doing so, naturally learn to read, write, and speak in Spanish. Spanish is the means of content instruction, not just a subject of instruction. There are approximately 200 school districts across the USA that offer similar immersion options for their students, with the majority of these programs being in Spanish, French, or German. Rockford Spanish Immersion follows a 90/10 immersion model and is intended for non-native speaking Spanish students and families. No Spanish knowledge is required for students entering at kindergarten. Rockford Spanish Immersion is located on the Roguewood Elementary campus and is growing each year. Currently, 300 students are enrolled K-5th grade for the 2012-13 school year.
With solid research to support its effectiveness, the four main goals of immersion education are for students to:
- gain mastery of the district’s grade level curricular objectives and required benchmarks
- develop strong English literacy skills
- develop a high level of proficiency in second language literacy
- acquire a knowledge, understanding and appreciation of other world cultures and people
All Rockford Spanish Immersion teachers are highly-qualified and Michigan-certified early elementary educators. Additionally, all teachers have had overseas experience either studying, living, or working in the various Spanish-speaking countries of Costa Rica, Colombia, Spain, Venezuela, Paraguay, Guatemala, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic.
For parents who would like to provide their child with the opportunity to become functionally proficient in both English and Spanish during their elementary years, and provide them with the skills to interact competently in an increasingly interdependent world, immersion education is a viable option. Because of the nature of immersion, starting early is critical. Therefore, students are only admitted at the kindergarten level each year. If you are interested in enrolling your future kindergartner in Rockford Spanish Immersion, contact Roguewood Elementary at 616.863.6374. An immersion information night prior to enrollment is held each year in January. Applications for kindergarten are distributed and accepted during the month of February prior to each school year. Watch this website for specific dates and times regarding enrollment procedures for the 2014-15 school year starting in January 2014.
More information on immersion education can be found at the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition website: http://www.carla.umn.edu.
Rockford Spanish Immersion
Announcements and Information
***School hours for the 2013-2014 school year are 8:40 am-3:40 pm. Students should arrive at school no earlier than 8:10 am for playground supervision.
RPS Response to MDE Scorecard Release
Kindergarten Starting Age Waiver
"Developing Healthy Kids" 2013 Series
/Resources/PDF/RPSROGUEWOOD/Supply List 13-14 Traditional.pdf
/Resources/PDF/RPSROGUEWOOD/Suppy List 2013-14.pdf
Spanish Immersion KINDERGARTEN ENROLLMENT TIMELINE FOR SY 13-14
Roguewood Elementary: A 2012 Certified Michigan Green School
Contact Principal Hoogerland @ email@example.com
Upcoming Events - SY 13/14
- Please view Staff Directory to connect to your teacher's website - located on the left side of the Roguewood Homepage
- Wednesday, August 28 - Kindergarten Open House 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, August 28 - Ice Cream Social 5:00 – 6:30 p.m
Curriculum Information for parents of 1st and 2nd grade students will begin at 5:30 p.m.
Curriculum Information for parents of 3rd - 5th graders 6:05 p.m.
Supervision for school-aged children will be available on the playground.