Save the D181 Fifth Grade Spanish Program

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On Monday, February 12, D181 Administration will share a list of recommended budget reductions with the Board. The initial recommendation includes an elimination of the fifth-grade Spanish program.  Currently, two Spanish teachers provide 30 minutes of instruction 3 times a week to fifth graders, impacting roughly 400 students.  We are shocked by the short-sightedness of this decision, as it negatively impacts the future opportunities of our students.

Reasons to save the fifth-grade Spanish program from budget cuts:

Lose Competitive Edge  D181 would be moving in the opposite direction of comparable districts who are increasing their commitment to world languages by expanding program years and language options, including Glencoe D35 K-8, Kenilworth D38 K-8, Wilmette D39 K-4, Glen Ellyn D41 Dual-Immersion and K-5 Spanish, Winnetka D39 1-8th.

Research on Early Language Learning 

  • Brain research recommends world language study begin before the age of ten.     
  • Students who study language at a younger age score higher on standardized tests in language arts, reading, and math than non-second-language learners. 
  • The number of years of foreign language study positively affects SAT scores. 
  • Early language learners show greater cognitive development in higher-order thinking skills.
  • Students who study a second language have an improved self-concept and sense of achievement and a better tolerance for other cultures.                                 
  •  What the Research Shows ACTFL

History-Your Voice Matters  Hinsdale is one of only two school districts in the country with 60 years of consecutive elementary world language programming.

Please unite with us to save the fifth-grade Spanish program from budget cuts.


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