Eden Prairie's Spanish immersion opportunities set a new standard for excellence in immersion education. We combine our outstanding curriculum and high academic standards with the Spanish language and culture to deliver an exceptional immersion experience. This gives each student a new perspective of the global environment in which we live.
How Can Students Benefit from Immersion?
Language skills: Students can be expected to reach high levels of world language proficiency.
- Test performance: Immersion produces successful learners who demonstrate strong performance on standardized achievement tests administered in English.
- Cognitive skills: Dual-language learners demonstrate strong communication, collaboration, creativity and critical-thinking skills; as well as an enhanced understanding of their primary language.
- Cultural sensitivity: Immersion students tend to have a strong understanding of, and appreciation for, diverse cultures and share a broad world view.
Progressing to Each Level
Elementary School: Grades K-5
Eagle Heights Spanish Immersion is a choice school that begins in kindergarten. Standards, outcomes, curriculum and assessments applied at the district's other elementary schools are the basis for an Eagle Heights education. All core subjects are taught in the Spanish language.
Middle School: Grades 6-8
Elementary students continue their immersion experience at Central Middle School through a dual literacy program with Language & Culture and Social Studies courses taught in Spanish. These courses are designed for students to deepen their Spanish language skills through direct instruction, cultural elements, and reading and writing practice in Spanish. Instruction in other subject areas is taught in English.
High School: Grades 9-12
At Eden Prairie High School, students continue to advance their Spanish language skills by registering for Spanish Language & Culture courses. The high school also offers Spanish V and Spanish VI through the College in the Schools (CIS) program. Students who successfully complete Spanish V and Spanish VI are able to earn five college credits per course through the University of Minnesota.
Students entering kindergarten from across Eden Prairie can apply to attend Eagle Heights and be entered into a lottery, which is held in early February for the coming school year to select students. Registrations received after the lottery will be added to a wait list.
Middle & High School
Students continuing their immersion experience at Central Middle School and Eden Prairie High School select the specified immersion and Spanish language classes during the course registration process at each school.