The two new neighborhood only Spanish immersion program at Sitton and James John have both internally (to each school) filled their 2014-15 kindergarten classes. Sitton's Spanish immersion kindergarten class will have 17 Spanish speaking and 9 English speaking students. James John' s kindergarten immersion class will have 13 Spanish speaking and 13 English speaking students. Neither Sitton nor James John have yet filled the Spanish immersion teaching positions (and PPS is scrambling to fill 4 other Spanish teaching positions as well)..
The Vietnamese dual language immersion program opening at Roseway Heights has filled only 22 of its 52 kindergarten slots. Two Vietnamese speaking teachers have been hired. One will be teaching in English.
The Mandarin immersion program at King has currently filled 35 of 50 kindergarten slots and 30 of 50 first grade slots. These slots at each grade have been further reserved for defined categories of students. This is the data by these categories.
Kindergarten: 13 of 21 slots reserved for Albina Head start students have been filled. 2 of 8 slots for native Mandarin speakers have been filled. 12 of 11 slots for siblings of King students have been filled. And 8 of 10 slots for neighborhood or transfer students have been filled.
First grade: 5 of 21 slots reserved for Albina Head start students have been filled. 0 of 8 slots for native Mandarin speakers have been filled. 17 of 11 slots for siblings of King students have been filled. And 8 of 10 slots for neighborhood or transfer students have been filled.
Plans are to hold the reserved slots until after the King Mandarin camp August 4 to 15.
Staffing for the King Mandarin immersion program is not yet firmed up.
Looking ahead to the next year, the Dual Language Immersion Department plans to work on (1) locating and developing another Mandarin immersion program in SE, (2) finding a more permanent location for the Vietnamese immersion program opening at Roseway Heights, (3) developing pre-kindergarten program at all immersion sites, (4) looking at the Spanish sites, and (5) figuring out what, if anything, to do with Somali speakers.