From the Oregonian article “Bridgeport Elementary to add Spanish immersion program next year” by Findley Merritt (here):
As the Hispanic population grows in Tigard-Tualatin School District, Bridgeport Elementary School will start a Spanish-English dual language program next year.
At least two full-day kindergarten classes will be taught in Spanish for half of instructional time as part of the school's first language immersion program. If there is enough enrollment to start more than two classes in kindergarten and first grade, they will…..
…. At Bridgeport, the Hispanic population makes up 46.4 percent, and 41.7 percent of students speak English as a second language, according the Oregonian's school guide. Like Metzger, parents, students and staff flooded the Jan. 28 board meeting to pitch the idea.
The school board unanimously approved the program during Monday night's work session with Director Barry Albertson absent. Those present applauded.
School officials propose a "50-50 model," where class is taught in Spanish for half of the day, and English is used for the rest. English learners would continue to receive 30 minutes of English language development.
Native English speakers could also receive 30 minutes of additional Spanish development.
Erin Lolich, associate director of curriculum and instruction, said the goal would be a 90-10 model, but right now, only eight teachers speak fluent Spanish in the school. Families could also elect to enroll in English-only kindergarten…..