Language Immersion

If you've been enrolled in Chinese or Spanish Immersion from kindergarten or 1st grade, you can enroll in World Language Immersion courses at MHS. Based on proficiency levels, interests, schedules and goals, we offer a choice of multiple electives in Immersion languages, including Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses.

If you continue in an Immersion program through 12th grade, you will have the option of completing the IB Bilingual Diploma, applying for a Minnesota bilingual diploma and/or taking the HSK (Chinese) or DELE (Spanish) international proficiency exams.

See the Skipper Log Course Catalog section, "World Language Immersion," for class descriptions.

Information Sessions for Parents and Students

8th Grade Immersion Registration Overview
(for parents of students currently in grade 8)

Feb. 1, 2018
6 p.m.
MHS Arts Center

9th Grade Immersion Registration Overview
(for parents of students currently in grade 9)

Feb. 13, 2018
6 p.m.

MHS Arts Center

10th Grade Immersion Registration Overview
(for parents of students currently in grade 10)

Feb. 20, 2018
6 p.m.

MHS Arts Center

11th Grade Immersion Registration Overview
(for parents of students currently in grade 11)

Feb. 12, 2018
6 p.m.

MHS Arts Center

Immersion Webinar: Registration for 2018-19

February 23, 2018
12:30 p.m.

(register here)

About Language Immersion at MHS

IB Bilingual Diploma

The IB Bilingual Diploma will help you demonstrate proficiency both in English and your Immersion language. If you're interested in attending university abroad, The IB Bilingual Diploma is a great option as many programs abroad require evidence of proficiency in the language of instruction. Download the IB Bilingual course choice worksheets (Chinese or Spanish) to learn more about course requirements.

Bilingual and Multilingual Seals

The Minnesota World Language Proficiency Certificate and Bilingual and Multilingual Seals were created as an official recognition by the state of Minnesota for proficiency in a language in addition to English. The certificate can be awarded when a student demonstrates Intermediate-Low proficiency; however, the seals are only awarded upon high school graduation, and qualifying scores are eligible for seal attainment if they were earned within three years of graduation. Seals are added to the transcript of each high school graduate who meets the requirements and may also be added to diplomas.

Learn more about Bilingual and Multilingual Seals.

International proficiency exams

At MHS, we are committed to helping Language Immersion students achieve their highest aspirations for language proficiency. Students who make the most of the MHS Immersion continuation program may wish to obtain official certification of proficiency from China or Spain.

The HSK, an international Chinese proficiency exam, assesses non-native Chinese speakers’ abilities to use Chinese language in their daily, academic and professional lives. The exam, which was developed by the Hanban, a public institution affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of Education, is used by Chinese national universities for admission.

The Diploma in Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE), granted by the Instituto Cervantes on behalf of the Spanish Ministry of Education, is an official diploma certifying the level of competence in the Spanish language. The University of Salamanca is in charge of the preparation, correction and final evaluation of the DELE exams.

Additional world language opportunities

Ideal for Immersion students who would like to learn a third language, we offer two-year courses in French, German and Spanish, designed specifically for students who are literate in a second language. These fast-paced, two-year courses cover the traditional scope of Levels I-III Honors in the chosen language. Upon successful completion, students may register for the IB SL course in the third language.

Chinese and Spanish Immersion Gallery


Megan Trenda
Immersion Lead

Bekah Aponte
World Languages Department Chair

MHS Counselors

Laura Herbst
Advanced Learning Coordinator

Submit questions and feedback online and receive a response within one business day through Let’s Talk.

Let's Talk

Increase scheduling flexibility

A slate of Tonka Online courses will allow students to take a semester course over the summer, or take a seventh course during the school year to increase scheduling flexibility.

Apply hands-on learning with VANTAGE

Students in two VANTAGE study areas, Business in a Global Economy or Design + Marketing, can use their Immersion language with project partners across several industries. Students are assigned a mentor who speaks their Immersion language, engage in an activity every other week in that language, and participate in a project during second semester.