Portland Public Schools will add Spanish dual language immersion programs at Sitton and James John next year. Each will have one kindergarten class, which will grow into a strand as one grade is added each year. One or two stands of English only will remain at each school. Admission will be restricted to neighborhood students only. It will, in effect, be a neighborhood Spanish immersion program. Rigler already operates a similar Spanish immersion.
What all three will not be are immersion schools without English-only strands. PPS is not ready, apparently, for neighborhood schools that are all Spanish, or any other language, dual language immersion program. Other school district do have such schools.
Hillsboro School District (HSD) has three. HSD, the fourth largest in Oregon with 20,955 students, has eight Spanish immersion schools. Three of those are neighborhood immersion schools with all kindergarten students in a Spanish immersion program. Kindergarteners in those neighborhoods who want to be in an English-only program need to "opt out" and attend another nearby school.
The following chart shows the three all Spanish immersion schools and the current grades that are all immersion.
This is the "opt out" policy.
This is where the three schools are located in Hillsboro.
These are the 2012-13 demographics of the three schools. For the Hillsboro School District as a whole, 49.5% are White and 35.7% are Hispanic.
There have been reported problems with the “opt out” policy. The following is from the blog of Erik Seligman, a member of the Hillsboro School Board (here).
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