World Languages and Language Immersion

The overall goal of the World Languages & Language Immersion programs is to promote high academic achievement in literacy and proficiency in dual languages while enhancing the level of cultural awareness among students. Students learn a new language or retain fluency in a heritage language, embrace diversity and become responsible leaders in a culturally diverse world.

Students can choose between traditional language classes or the immersion method. In Language Immersion, a two-way immersion program, students from two different language backgrounds receive academic instructions in two “target” languages (i.e., English and Spanish).

Special Feat​ures

  • Curriculum content taught in the target language in grades K-8
  • Middle and high school students choose from elective courses emphasizing different languages and cultures
  • Emphasis on foreign exchanges, collaboration and involvement in local international events and programs

Pr​​​​ograms

Language Immersio​​​n Program

Students have the unique opportunity to become fluent in Chinese, French, German, Japanese or Spanish by participating in the elementary Language Immersion program. From the first days in kindergarten, students become familiar with the new language as lessons are conducted in the target language for all or part of the instructional day. In order for students to gain the greatest academic benefit, they can apply in kindergarten and continue through high school. At the middle and high school levels, students continue in the study of their target language and may have the opportunity to begin the study of an additional world language.

World Languages (Non-Immersion) Pro​​​gram

Students can select to study Chinese, French, German, Japanese or Spanish beginning at the entry level in grade 6. Successful completion of Levels I and II while in middle school earns students two high school credit units. In order for students to gain the greatest academic benefit, they may apply in grade 6 and continue through high school.

World Languages & Language Immersion Scho​​​ols

Transportation Zone​​ School (Grade Level)​ Program ​Transportation ​Entry Grades ​Entrance Requirements
Blue, Green, Violet
EE Waddell Language
Academy (K-8)
​Language

Immersion (Chinese, French, German, & Japanese)
​​​Neighborhood Stops ​​ ​​​ ​​ ​ K-8 ​
​​Kindergarten:

None
Grades 1-5:
Must undergo late entry
immersion assessment and
request for Reassignment/
Transfer*
Grades 6-8
Must undergo late entry immersion assessment
Continuation: Pass target language course


Blue, Green
Collinswood
Language Academy
(K-8)
​Language

Immersion
(Spanish)
​Violet ​Oaklawn Language

Academy (K-8)
​​Language

Immersion
(Spanish)​
​Blue, Green ​South Meck (9-12) ​World Languages ​9-12 ​​
Entry: None
Continuation: Pass two consecutive world language courses each year
​Violet ​North Meck (9-12) ​World Languages

​​​*Late Entry Im​​mersion Assessment

The online lottery application process only permits rising Kindergarten students to apply for Chinese, French, German, Spanish or Japanese language programs. All other students must submit a request for Reassignment/ Transfer. Because the student is immersed in the language of study for the majority of the instructional day, students entering a Language Immersion program after Kindergarten must demonstrate grade level proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing in the intended language of study. An assessment is used to make this determination. Please note, due to historically low turnover in Language Immersion & World Languages schools, seats typically do not become available after Kindergarten.

To apply for late entry through the request for Reassignment/Transfer process:

  • ​​Contact the Language Immersion school directly to arrange an appointment with the school for an assessment of the child’s level of proficiency in the target language. The prospective student will be assessed for late entry into the language immersion program at the school using a standardized late entry assessment rubric. Scheduling an assessment may be dependent on program seat availability.
  • Upon completion of a successful assessment, the school will provide verification on school letterhead.
  • Complete the online Request for Reassignment/ Transfer form. For this form to be accepted, the family must indicate that they have reviewed the applicable Magnet Expectations Agreement. The family submits the school’s acknowledgement letter of a successful assessment as supporting documentation to accompany the online Request for Reassignment/ Transfer form registered with the Student Placement Office. Request approval is dependent upon grade level space availability.
  • School contact information can be found in the Contact Information section of this Guide.​

*Late Entry Transcript Review​​​

To apply using the transcript review and Request for Reassignment/ Transfer process:

  • ​Contact the World Languages school directly to arrange an appointment for the transcript review.
  • Obtain an official transcript from the current school and bring it to the appointment in a sealed envelope. The prospective student’s transcript will be reviewed by the school staff. If the result of the transcript review indicates that the student has the necessary prerequisites for entry into the grade desired, acknowledgement of transcript review approval will be provided on school letterhead.
  • Complete the online request for Reassignment/Transfer form. For this form to be accepted, the family must indicate that they have reviewed the applicable Magnet Expectations Agreement. The family submits the school’s letter of acknowledgement as supporting documentation to accompany the online request for Reassignment/Transfer form registered with the Student Placement Office. Request approval is dependent upon grade level space availability.
  • Contact the CMS ESL department at (980) 343-0432 for transcript review assistance for students new to CMS from outside the USA.​​