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Spanish Immersion Program

Catawba County Schools is proud to offer a Spanish Dual Language Immersion program at three area schools: St. Stephens Elementary, Sherrills Ford Elementary, and Startown Elementary, beginning in Kindergarten.

Get a Sneak Peek into Our Program!

In this video, you'll meet our principals and Spanish Immersion teachers, hear from parents with students in the program, and see our kids in action!

Language immersion programs are an exciting option for parents who want their children to have the advantages of a rigorous academic program while also learning two languages – English and a target language.  We are proud to offer Spanish Immersion at three of our elementary schools. 

In a Spanish immersion program, Spanish is not taught as a subject; Spanish is the language in which instruction is delivered.  

Spanish Immersion Schools

SFES Logo in front of school

Sherrills Ford Elementary

Full Immersion
90% Spanish | 10% English


Watch 2/18/21 Virtual Information Session

SSES Logo in front of school

St. Stephens Elementary

Dual Immersion
50% Spanish | 50% English


Watch 2/17/21 Virtual Information Session

SES Logo in front of school

Startown Elementary

Full Immersion
90% Spanish | 10% English


Watch 2/23/21 Virtual Information Session

For more information and to apply

*Please note: At this time, we are only accepting students into our kindergarten programs unless your student is transferring from another similar Spanish Immersion Program, and will be considered on an individual basis, and we have an opening in the grade level in which you are interested. Please contact the school directly if you are interested in the first, second, third or fourth-grade programs.

Ready to Apply?


Go to Application Page

Application Period is open between March 1 at 8 AM and March 15 at 3:30 PM

District Contact

Dana Greene

Director, Director of ESL and Dual Language/Immersion


p: 828.855.9387

International Newcomer Center
2110 Main Avenue SE
Hickory, NC 28602



​Monday, March 1, at 8 AM

Spanish Immersion Application Period Begins online (click here to apply)

Monday, March 15, at 12 PM

Spanish Immersion Applications Acceptance Ends​​

Tuesday, March 16

Acceptance/Waitlist Letters are Mailed Out

Tuesday, March 23, at 3:30 PM

Deadline to Accept Position

Click here to View Application & Enrollment Procedures