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History

The Spanish Immersion Program at PAUSD began in 1995. The first Spanish Immersion kindergarten class was established at Fairmeadow Elementary, and a second Spanish Immersion kindergarten class opened the following year. By fall of 1997, the Spanish Immersion Program was moved to Escondido Elementary and consisted of a K-2 strand within the school. The program continued to grow at Escondido, reaching enrollment of two classes at each grade level K-5.  Jordan Middle has been named the feeder middle school for the Spanish Immersion program and steps are being taken to create a formal 6th - 8th grade pathway through the middle school years.

In January 1998, PAUSD Board of Education designated the Spanish Immersion Program as a “pilot” program with the intent of evaluating its viability and progress. In November 2001, after favorable evaluation, the board assigned the program “on-going” status.  As a result of being named as an “on-going” program, the Spanish Immersion (K-5) Program was able to continue to enroll students each year.  Currently, the Spanish Immersion program at Escondido Elementary enrolls about 280 students in grades K-5. There are approximately 44 students per grade level.

The Spanish Immersion program at PAUSD is a “choice” program, which means that students who meet the PAUSD enrollment criteria may apply to participate. Families must follow the district’s lottery process for enrollment. Additionally, students who are enrolled in PAUSD though the Tinsley Voluntary Transfer Program (VTP) may also choose to be enrolled in Escondido’s Spanish Immersion Program.