Parents of incoming kindergartners who want to enroll their children in the Walla Walla School District’s bilingual programming have a week and a half left to do it. The district’s new plan to slowly convert Edison Elementary into a wall-to-wall dual-language school for both native English- and native Spanish-speakers starts in the 2017-18 school year with incoming kindergartners.
The two-way program blends children who speak English and children who speak Spanish, and partners them together to help learn from each other as they’re taught in both languages. That is how it will be administered at Edison.
Students already enrolled in the existing dual-language programs at their respective schools will remain where they are. But incoming kindergartners enrolled in the bilingual programming will attend Edison, no matter where in Walla Walla they live.
The deadline for filing applications for incoming dual-language kindergartners is March 29. Applications are available at Edison Elementary, online at wwps.org under the Bilingual Education tab, or the district office, 364 S. Park St.
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