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If you have a rising kindergartner for the 2021-22 school year, (he or she will be 5-years-old by August 31, 2021), we invite you to attend one of our Virtual Information Nights to learn all about our Spanish Immersion program that begins in kindergarten. 

What is a Language Immersion Program?

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.  In a Spanish immersion program, Spanish is not taught as a subject; Spanish is the language in which instruction is delivered. You can expect that by the time your child finishes elementary school, s/he will be both bilingual and bi-literate in Spanish and English! 

Which schools offer Spanish Immersion?

We are proud to offer Spanish Immersion beginning in Kindergarten at three of our elementary schools - Sherrills Ford, Startown, and St. Stephens. 

What if we are not “zoned” for one of the 3 schools that offer the program?

That’s okay! If you are not zoned for Sherrills Ford, Startown, and St. Stephens Elementary, you can still attend - you just need to provide your own transportation to and from school.

When are the Virtual Parent Information Nights?

  • Sherrills Ford Elementary: Thursday, Feb. 18, at 6 PM
  • Startown Elementary: Tuesday, Feb. 16 and Tuesday, Feb. 23 - both at 6PM
  • St. Stephens Elementary: Wednesday, Feb. 17, AT 6 PM

How do I register for the Virtual Parent Information Nights?

It’s easy! Simply go to our website and register. Upon completion, we’ll email you a link to a Google Meet where you'll get to know our principals and our Spanish Immersion teachers, meet a few parents of immersion students, see the school, and of course, ask questions!

When do I apply?

Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis between March 1 and March 15, 2021, and all three programs fill up FAST! So be sure to apply quickly if you are interested. 

How can I find out more about the Spanish Immersion program?

Please visit our Spanish Immersion microsite where you can see videos and learn about the benefits of language immersion programs.

When can I register my child for kindergarten?

It’s coming soon - we promise! We are working with the state to get our registration form completed. We’ll be sure to send out another email when it’s ready to go. We’re looking forward to your child joining the Catawba County Schools family!


We look forward to "seeing" you at one of our Virtual Parent Information Nights this week!