Need More Language Immersion Schools in Wake County

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Join us in advocating for more language immersion magnet programs in Raleigh and throughout the Wake County Public School System.

Studies have shown the value foreign language immersion programs have on a child’s academic performance, language and literacy levels, cognitive development (e.g., problem solving), level of empathy, and future economic opportunity. So it is no surprise more and more families in Wake County (and across the country) are seeking language immersion programs for their children.  

In Raleigh alone, hundreds (maybe 1000+) families are vying for 10-20 available Kindergarten seats at one of two language immersion schools. If you are a family seeking access at first-fifth grade program, the number of available seats drops to less than one a year. 

There is no reason why we should not have more language immersion options. Wake county has experienced explosive population growth over the past 5 years. There are enough native speakers who call the RTP area “home” to staff these classrooms. The astounding number of applications clearly demonstrates the demand. And, testing outcomes show these language immersion schools can keep pace and even surpass the outcomes attained by traditional schools. So why does the demand for language-immersion education in Raleigh and Wake County so far out weigh the supply?

Wake County Public Schools claims that a primary goal of its magnet program is to enable students to see success in a culturally diverse world. To achieve this, more language immersion is critical. Wake County Public Schools states that it wants to provide students with the tools they need to think differently. To achieve this, more language immersion is critical. Join us in advocating for more language immersion magnet programs in Raleigh and the Wake County Public School System. 



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