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Record Number: 3540
Displayed from: Oct 18, 2007 , until: Dec 01, 2007
Fort Wayne Community Schools is proud to announce that Lindley Elementary School has been invited to join the International Spanish Academies Program, a prestigious program partnering schools with the Ministry of Education and Science in Spain. The program is made up of 37 top-performing Spanish Immersion schools throughout the United States and Canada. Lindley was recommended for the honor by the Indiana Department of Education earlier this year. After having an on-site inspection by a representative of the Spanish government and completing a detailed report of its program, the school is being recognized for its effort to help children to become bilingual in English and Spanish. Lindley is one of only three public Spanish Immersion schools in Indiana and the only one in northern Indiana. It is unique in that it is in an urban school district serving a racially and socio-economically diverse population and has no academic restrictions on who can attend. It is now the second Indiana school to be inducted into the program. Last year, Forest Glen Elementary in Lawrence Township joined. Lindley's Spanish Immersion program started in the fall of 1992 with 50 students in kindergarten and first grade. The purpose of the program was to help English-speaking students learn a second language. Over the years, it has grown to include all 430 students who attend Lindley from kindergarten through fifth grade. The goal now is that all children participating in the program from kindergarten through fifth grade will be able to read, write, speak and comprehend Spanish as well as English. Students receive their language arts instruction, which includes reading, writing, and spelling, in English during half of the day. The other half of the day when math, science, social studies and Spanish are taught is conducted in Spanish. While the students have the extra challenge of learning in two languages, they are also improving academically when tested on the state's standardized test. In 1997, only 48 percent of students in the school passed the English/language arts portion of the ISTEP+ exam. Last year, 83 percent passed. The official incorporation of Lindley into the International Spanish Academies will take place during the annual seminar Nov. 28-30 in Los Angeles. Principal Gerald Arthur will attend the conference and meet educators from other ISA schools.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.