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 high proficiency 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 highly proficient 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

Elementary:

Blue – Collinswood (16) (Spanish Immersion) | Waddell (Chinese, French, German, Japanese)

Green – New Albemarle Road Relief (Spanish)

Violet – Oaklawn (16) (Spanish) | Waddell (Chinese, French, German, Japanese)

Entry grades for Collinswood and Oaklawn are Kindergarten. After Kindergarten, students who wish to attend these schools need to complete a Late Entry Assessment at the school. 

Entry grades for Waddell are Kindergarten and 6th grade. 

Entry grades for Albemarle Road Relief are Kindergarten, 1st, and 6th grade.

 

Middle:

Blue – Collinswood (16) (Spanish) | Waddell (Chinese, French, German, Japanese)

Green – New Albemarle Road Relief (Spanish) | Waddell (Chinese, French, German, Japanese)

Violet – Oaklawn (16) (Spanish) | Waddell (Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Spanish)

Entry grades for Waddell are Kindergarten and 6th grade. 

Entry grades for Albemarle Road Relief are Kindergarten, 1st, and 6th grade.

 

High: 

Blue – South Mecklenburg

Green – South Mecklenburg

Violet – North Mecklenburg

 

NOTES FOR TRANSPORTATION ZONE CHARTS

(1) Wilson Middle serves the Blue Zone and the Violet portion of the West Mecklenburg High feeder pattern.

(2) Students from the home high school boundaries of Ardrey Kell, Harding, Hopewell, Myers Park*, Olympic Community of Schools, South Mecklenburg, West Charlotte and West Mecklenburg will receive transportation to Myers Park Traditional or Quail Hollow. Students from the home high school boundaries of Butler, Hough, East Mecklenburg, Garinger, Independence, Mallard Creek, Rocky River, Myers Park*, North Mecklenburg, Providence and Vance will receive transportation to Elizabeth Traditional or Eastway. *Myers Park High attendance area and Center City magnet feeder residents may apply to either Elizabeth Traditional or Myers Park Traditional.

(3) Coulwood serves the Violet Zone students living in the Hopewell, West Charlotte and the Blue portion of the West Mecklenburg High feeder pattern.

(4) Dorothy J. Vaughan serves the Violet Zone and the Green portions of the Garinger and Rocky River High feeder patterns.

(5) Only TD magnet students have continuation guarantee into middle school IB.

(6) The program is not offered at this level within the applicable transportation zone.

(7) Paw Creek will serve the Violet Zone and the West Mecklenburg High feeder pattern portion of the Blue Zone.

(8) Secondary Montessori begins at 7th grade and will serve through 11th grade for the 2018-19 school year. A new grade will be added annually.

(9) Tuckaseegee will serve the West Mecklenburg High School feeder pattern portion of the Blue Zone.

(10) Governors Village serves all Violet Zone students in grades K-5. In grades 6-8, transportation is provided to students living in the Hough, Mallard Creek, North Mecklenburg, and Vance High.

(11) East Mecklenburg is the IB high school for students whose home high school is Ardey Kell or South Mecklenburg.

(12) Barringer TD and Irwin TD—guarantee to Randolph or Piedmont, based on students residence magnet transportation zone.

(13) Whitewater Middle serves the Violet Zone and the Blue portion of the West Mecklenburg High feeder pattern.

(14) Northeast Middle serves the Butler, East Mecklenburg, Independence, and Providence High feeder patterns.

(15) Northridge Middle serves the Violet Zone and the Green portions of Garringer and Rocky River High feeder patterns.

(16) Language Immersion schools require a Late Entry Assessment after 1st grade.

(17) Long Creek Elementary serves the Violet Zone and the Blue portion of the West Mecklenburg High feeder pattern.

​​​*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.​​