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Our Lady of Lourdes and Saint Peter and Paul Schools to Provide New Dual Language Immersion Program

May 10, 2017

Our Lady of Lourdes and Saint Peter and Paul will offer a new English and Spanish dual language immersion model for the 2018-2019 school year.  The model will allow students to learn half day in English and half day in Spanish.  It will begin with preschool, prekindergarten, transitional kindergarten and kindergarten grade levels.  Another grade level will be added each year expanding the model for those admitted early-on. Dual immersion subjects will include math, science, social studies, reading and writing classes.  An information session will be held at 5:30 pm on May 16, 2017 at Our Lady of Lourdes School for parents interested in learning more about the program.

 “The model provides an opportunity for all students to achieve high levels of bilingual proficiency,” shared Dr. Patrick Slattery, Superintendent of Catholic Schools.  “Families in Omaha are requesting this model of instruction as evidence by wait lists at Omaha schools that currently offer dual language programs.”

 “This program will ensure a student can read, write and speak both languages thus becoming bilingual in the course of their pre-school through 8th grade formation,” shared Donna Bishop, Assistant Superintendent of Catholic Schools.  “It provides an opportunity for all students to achieve high levels of bilingual proficiency while developing multicultural competency through rigorous, immersion instruction. This cross-cultural model teaches language skills to enable students to succeed in a diverse world.”

Studies indicate that dual language students have consistently met and exceeded grade level expectations based on the NCE/Norm Curve Equivalent (standardized scores - see picture below).

  

 "Our goal is to uniquely enrich the whole child in a faith-based educational setting, while continually building upon the academic success of Catholic School,” shared Dr. Slattery.

Catholic School in the Archdiocese of Omaha is represented by 70 schools across Northeast Nebraska committed to Awakening Greatness in its students.  

Dual Language Immersion Model Mission:

The Dual Language Immersion Model mission is to provide an opportunity for all students to achieve high levels of bilingual proficiency while developing multicultural competency through rigorous English and Spanish dual language immersion instruction. This cross-cultural model teaches language skills in content area instruction to enable students to succeed in a culturally diverse world. The Dual Language Model values and respects both languages and cultures equally elevating the dignity of all individuals being rooted in the image in likeness of Christ.

 

This blog post content was submitted by the Catholic Schools Office from the May 10, 2017 press release.




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