Gates Elementary in Chesterfield County Public Schools is a leader in world language instruction and will host a dual language immersion showcase for the school community
6-7:30 p.m. April 28.
Dual immersion classes are collaborative programs, where half of the instructional time is in the target language (American Sign Language or Chinese) and half is in English. Students learn math, science and literacy in American Sign Language or Chinese, which is reinforced and built upon during English instruction.
During kindergarten registration at Gates Elementary, parents can choose to place their child in the lottery for dual language immersion or can choose a regular class setting. At the end of the school year, parents are offered an opportunity to opt out; no parent has yet opted their student out of dual immersion.
Gates Elementary enrolls a total of 572 students. There are 37 students in Chinese immersion.
There are 63 students in American Sign Language immersion; two are deaf or hard of hearing.
World languages are taught throughout Chesterfield County Public Schools:
Languages are offered as dual immersion programs at three elementary schools: American Sign Language and Mandarin Chinese at Gates Elementary; French at Robious Elementary; and Spanish at Elizabeth Scott Elementary.