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Princeton Public Schools' Dual Language Immersion (DLI) program at Community Park will accept applications during the summer from families with kindergarten and first graders who would like to participate in the popular immersion program in September. No prior experience in a foreign language is required.

"Our rising fifth graders are the first cohort of children to have been part of the dual language immersion program since first grade, and I can't tell you how proud I am to see the success and expansion of this program," says Dineen Gruchacz, principal of Community Park. "Based on the performance of these children, the program has been an amazing academic success story for our district. I'm happy that it has been expanded so that we can accept more kindergarten and first grade students for September."  

"We will be meeting with families and accepting applications throughout the summer," explains Priscilla Russel, Supervisor of World Languages for Princeton Public Schools. "We have planned for summer information sessions as needed. Details will be available on the Princeton Public Schools website and at the Community Park main office for all families in the district who are considering dual language immersion." 

"We encourage Spanish speakers and children who speak any language besides or including English to enroll," says Mrs. Gruchacz. "Language is a 21st century skill." In September, Community Park School will have dual-language classes in Spanish and English for kindergarten through fifth grade students.

Students who participate in DLI at Community Park spend 50 percent of their day learning core content in Spanish and 50 percent learning in English.

 "Our dual language immersion teachers at Community Park have been passionate about providing this opportunity to students," says Mrs. Gruchacz. We have been praised by the Princeton Public Schools Board of Education. Board members have visited our classrooms again this year and are impressed by our students." Teachers in the Spanish-language part of the program include Abril Retana, Sheila Aguilar, Damaris Rodriguez, Ida Almodovar, Marian Figueroa Toro, Yaimee Herrera, Lisa Tanikawa-Brown, and Megan Mulrooney.

The program is open to all students in the district including those in the Littlebrook, Riverside and Johnson Park neighborhoods. Busing is provided for any student who in the district who wants to attend the DLI program and lives beyond walking distance.

Community Park School is located at 372 Witherspoon Street and is open Monday through Friday throughout the summer with shortened office hours after June 20. Call (609) 806-4230 for more information.

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