May 19, 2012

South Pasadena School Board Considers Dual Language Immersion Program


South Pasadena school board considers dual language immersion program
By Lauren Gold
May 10, 2012

School Board President Joe Loo hopes he can bring a dual language immersion program to the South Pasadena Unified District.

Loo broached the subject at Tuesday's school board meeting, hoping to introduce the idea for consideration and gauge the opinions of the other board members. He said he thinks the program would help students be more successful in all areas of study.

Though no action was taken Tuesday, Superintendent Joel Shapiro said the discussion was productive, and provided insight into board leanings on the issue.

If it chooses to implement the immersion program, SPUSD would not be the first district to do so in the San Gabriel Valley. Pasadena has offered elementary dual immersion at San Rafael and Field Elementary Schools since 2009 and will add a third site next year.

PUSD Spokesman Adam Wolfson said the program has not only helped students improve academically, but has also drawn new families into the district.

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