Bolton Academy is an APS Dual Language Immersion School since the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year.
When registering for kindergarten you will be able to indicate on the registration form if you are interested in the Dual Immersion program for your Kindergartner. For more information on registration click here.
In Georgia dual language programs, the students spend at least half of their school day in the target language and the other half-day in English. Some programs may choose to increase the percentage of the day spent in the target language in the early years. Immersion students are taught Math, Science, Literacy and sometimes Social Studies in the target language. They are taught English Language Arts, Reading, and usually Specials in English.
Second Language Skills: DLI students achieve higher proficiency in the second language than with traditional Foreign Language instruction.
Cognitive Skills: DLI students typically develop greater cognitive flexibility, demonstrating increased attention and memory, superior problem-solving skills as well as an enhanced understanding of their primary language.
Performance on Standardized Tests: DLI students perform as well as or better than English-only students on standardized tests in English, including students from a range of socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds, as well as with diverse cognitive and linguistic abilities.
Intercultural Competency: DLI students are more aware of and generally show more positive attitudes towards other cultures and an appreciation of other people.
Long-Term Benefits: DLI students are better prepared for the global community and job markets in the 21st century.
Higher Attendance-Rates and Fewer Drop-Outs: Students from DLI programs have higher attendance rates and lower drop-out rates compared to regular programs.
APS Dual Language Immersion Programs utilize a 50/50 model of instruction. Below is an image that provides a visual of the content breakdown by language:
Video of a presentation from Tara Fortune from the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition. Great overview with benefits, models and the research.
Over the past few decades, Dr. Wayne Thomas and Dr. Ginger Collier have conducted research that illustrates the "how" and "why" of dual language immersion. Click the following links to discover more about their research.
Check out the infographic that illustrates the benefits of a Bilingual Brain (in English and Spanish): Download Splash_BilingualBrainInfographic_02.19.15 (1)