The dual language immersion program offered in Iron County School District is available in Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. Students begin in first grade and continue the program through middle school and high school.

Language Immersion Goals and Benefits

More than 40 years of research consistently documents the power of immersion programs to help students attain advanced levels of target language proficiency. No other type of instruction, short of living in a target language environment, is as successful.

Studies consistently show that exposing a student to another language early in his or her education increases memory and concentration, problem solving skills, and provides a greater understanding of their native language. Fortunately, language immersion is also the least expensive way to deliver target language instruction.

Dual Language Program Goals

  • Provide a rich, academic environment in both the native and target languages
  • Maximize students’ target language proficiency
  • Develop students’ ability to work successfully in multiple cultural settings
  • Offer a culturally diverse experience for the entire school community

Proven Benefits

  • Students achieve advanced proficiency in the immersion language.
  • Immersion students perform as well as or better than non-immersion students on standardized tests of English and math administered in English.
  • Immersion students typically develop greater cognitive flexibility, demonstrating increased attention control, better memory, and superior problem solving skills as well as an enhanced understanding of their primary language.
  • Immersion students are more aware of and show more positive attitudes towards other cultures and an appreciation of other people.
  • Immersion students are better prepared for the global community and job markets where an additional language is an asset.

Parent Responsibilities

  • Commit to long-term participation in the immersion program throughout elementary, middle, and high school.
  • Commit to regular and punctual student school attendance
  • Develop understanding of immersion education
  • Read in English for 20 minutes daily
  • Encourage the use of the target language outside of school
  • Provide community support and, when possible, volunteer
  • Enjoy the challenges; celebrate the results

Dual Immersion School Sites

Chinese Immersion

Fiddlers Canyon Elementary

Spanish Immersion

East Elementary School