Clifty Creek chosen for dual-language immersion program

Clifty Creek Elementary School has been chosen as the host school for a dual-language immersion program that will begin in the 2018-19 school year.

Bartholomew Consolidated School Board members Monday unanimously approved offering the program that would allow pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students to learn in a bilingual classroom.

The program would create classes made up of half native Spanish speakers and the other half native English speakers, said Laura Hack, BCSC’s director of elementary education.

Two classes will be offered for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students at Clifty Creek, Hack said. Under the program, students would be taught English and Spanish by a native Spanish speaker, while students would be immersed in Spanish for most of the day.

The program would be voluntary and families would have to apply to have their students in the program, Hack said. There would be no fees involved, she added.

The district will develop a planning team at Clifty Creek beginning next month that will involve parents, teachers and administration members, said Gina Pleak, BCSC’s director of title services.

For more on this story, see Wednesday’s Republic.

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Matt Kent is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at 812-379-5712 or mkent@therepublic.com