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Unlocking Bilingual Brilliance: Inside Our Two-Way Immersion Program

Unlocking Bilingual Brilliance: Inside Our Two-Way Immersion Program

Immerse your child in a transformative educational experience with our Two-Way Immersion program! 

Two-Way Immersion (TWI) education is the best educational model to produce graduates who speak, read, and write in both Spanish and English. Students will also have the opportunity to earn a Biliteracy Seal. The TWI program prepares students to become college and career ready in two languages.

Overview: 

Jackson Elementary School offers a kindergarten English-Spanish two-way immersion program that started in 2019-2020. It allows students to grow with the program as they progress through school. In kindergarten, 90% of the day is taught in Spanish and 10% in English. In each subsequent grade-level, the percentage of English increases by 10% until the fifth grade when students are instructed half their day in English and half in Spanish.

  • Families must choose to be in the program. This is a long-term commitment and students need the full support of their families to succeed. To be a part of this innovative program, it is not a requirement for parents/guardians to be bilingual.

  • Learning both languages begins immediately. Each student in the program spends part of their day learning in their native language. It takes most people 5-7 years to become fully fluent in a second language. Dual language students learn the same grade level standards as their peers.

  • Students are models for each other, in addition to the teacher. Children have a natural language-­learning capacity which allows them to easily pick up a new language through exploration and play.

Upcoming Meetings:

There will be a meeting at Jackson Elementary School for incoming kindergarten families on May 1, 2024, 5-6 pm. Childcare for school-aged children will be provided. An interpreter will also be present. Please call Jackson Elementary at 541-842-3770 if you have any additional questions.

Who is Eligible? 

The program at Jackson is open to incoming kindergartners and first graders. Medford School District students have first priority. 

Current school year (2023-2024) incoming families can fill out the 2023-2024 Two-Way Immersion application.

The 2024-2025 Application opens on April 1, 2024. Click here to apply.

Selection Process:

Jackson students will have priority placement. 

If accepted, you will be notified by Jackson Elementary. If accepted, you will be invited to attend a parent information session at Jackson Elementary School. If we receive more applications than spaces available, we will hold a random lottery drawing to select the students. A waitlist will be created for the remaining students. As openings occur, students from the waitlist will be placed in the order they were drawn. If your child would normally attend a different school in the district other than Jackson, you will complete an intradistrict transfer in May to Jackson (only if accepted to the program). Please feel free to contact the Teaching and Learning department regarding the application process at 541-842-3627.