Spanish Immersion Program

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    Spanish Immersion is an exciting and challenging program that serves students from all backgrounds at Scott. Spanish Immersion students experience the same curriculum as students in English-only classes. The difference is that they spend part of their day learning in Spanish and part of the day learning in English. Generally, kindergartners spend 90% of their class time learning in Spanish, and by middle grades the ratio is 50% Spanish and 50% English.

    Who is eligible to apply for the Scott Spanish Immersion program?

    Because the program is built upon bilingual learning, space for new students is allocated for both native Spanish and native English speakers. Students who speak languages other than Spanish and English are encouraged to apply for Spanish Immersion, as well.

    Program Expectations and Assessments

    Immersion students are encouraged to speak Spanish in the immersion classes with both teacher and classmates, in order to build language skills. This is one way to achieve the high level of Spanish fluency required to learn content area and participate in classroom activities. Families should understand that students are learning the core math/science curriculum in Spanish and that most assignments will require dedicated focus and hard work.

    Immersion teachers work hard at each grade level to plan together, integrating lesson plans and content. Team teaching is an important aspect of this program. At each grade level, teachers work on developing a nurturing classroom environment together.


    Transportation is provided by the district to students who live a mile from Scott but within the Scott boundaries.

    How to Apply for your Kindergarten Student

    If interested in the Spanish Immersion Program at Scott, all families must fill out a lottery application.  Please contact PPS Enrollment and Transfer Center for more information: 503-916-3205, or

    Late entry to program

    If a student shows adequate proficiency in Spanish through an interview and assessment process and there is room in the program, they may join the Spanish Immersion Program at Scott at any grade level. Interested families should contact Principal Jose Salinas for more information.

    For more information

    For more information on Spanish Immersion programs visit the Immersion website.

    For PPS lottery information and forms, contact the Enrollment & Transfer Center, 503-916-3205, or