South Washington County Schools

K-12 Spanish Immersion Pathway

Spanish Immersion in District 833 is based on a one-way language immersion model where students learn to read, write and speak in Spanish.

Why Immersion?

More than forty years of research consistently documents the power of immersion education to help students attain high levels of world language proficiency. No other type of instruction, short of living in a non-English-speaking environment, is as successful.

Young children especially thrive in this type of learning environment where learning a new language comes as naturally as learning their first one. Language immersion programs are also the least expensive way for schools and districts to deliver high quality world language learning opportunities to their students.


District 833 families have the opportunity to choose to enter a lottery to attend Nuevas Fronteras Spanish Immersion Elementary School. Information regarding Spanish Immersion, the enrollment window, Parent Information Night, and the process for admission will be included in all kindergarten information packets. Families already participating in the K-12 Spanish Immersion pathway receive sibling preference for incoming kindergarten students.

A lottery to admit students into remaining kindergarten spots will be conducted by district administration each year in February.

Middle School and High School Enrollment

Current immersion families are automatically enrolled in the middle school and high school pathway which are currently housed at Woodbury Middle School and Woodbury High School. Non-immersion students fluent in Spanish may enter at any time and will be given a fluency and proficiency test for placement recommendations.