Language Immersion (9-12)

With the state’s largest Language Immersion program, Minnetonka is uniquely prepared to support the goals of Chinese and Spanish Immersion students.

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8th Grade Immersion Meeting for 19-20 School Year
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About Language Immersion at MHS

Freshman Year Options

Based on proficiency levels, interests, schedules and goals, students may elect to take one or two courses during ninth grade. The Immersion Language Arts options include taking AP Language and Culture or Immersion Language Arts 9. For Immersion Social Studies, students may elect to take Immersion Civics and Human Geography, which covers their 9th grade Social Studies requirement.

Advanced Placement and Beyond AP (grades 9-12)

AP Language & Culture and beyond AP courses in Immersion Language Arts are available through grade 12.

Bilingual Seals and Proficiency Certificate

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 as soon as a student demonstrates Intermediate-Low proficiency; however, the seals are only awarded upon high school graduation. Seals are added to the transcript of each high school graduate who meets the requirements and may also be added to diplomas.

Minnetonka Public Schools carefully tracks student proficiency test results to ensure students receive the appropriate designation.

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International Baccalaureate Bilingual Diploma Programme (grades 11-12)

As juniors and seniors, Immersion students may elect to take IB Language & Literature, SL and/or HL – Language A, Chinese or Spanish. Spanish students also have the opportunity to take IB Individuals and Societies: Global Politics SL their junior or senior year.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at Minnetonka High School is a two-year course of study encompassing six curriculum areas. Immersion students who choose to pursue the full Diploma Programme will be eligible for the Bilingual IB Diploma by completing two languages selected from Group 1 (IB Literature) with the award of 3 or higher in both OR by completing one Group 3 (IB Social Studies) subject in a language other than English. Please visit for more information and a course choice worksheet.

Students interested in the full diploma program must express their interest through a brief online form ( and meet with the MHS Advanced Learning Coordinator to discuss the two-year course options. Email or telephone 952-401-5897.

Immersion Elective Options (grades 9-12)

In addition to year-long Immersion courses, there are also semester-long Immersion elective offerings in both the World Languages and Social Studies departments. These semester electives are open to immersion students in grades 9-12, and can be taken “a la carte” in any order or combination with other Immersion classes.


VANTAGE offers an opportunity for immersion students to utilize their language skills in an entirely new way in the professional arena. VANTAGE is often called a professional immersion program because students are immersed in industry, utilizing guest instruction, site visits, mentors, and projects to help them determine future career paths and apply the content they are learning to real-world, professional situations. Immersion students can elect to participate in the VANTAGE + Immersion experience in two strands: Business in a Global Economy (#V102) and Design + Marketing (#V104). Immersion students will take these VANTAGE courses in English but have the opportunity to incorporate and apply their language throughout the coursework and program. Students will participate in small group discussions in the target language as well as a bilingual HR day, where they will have interviews and complete a resume in the target language. Pending the mentor and project pool year to year, there may also be opportunities to have bilingual mentors and complete projects utilizing their language skills.

Courses for Third-Language Learners

Immersion students can also choose to study a third language in either Chinese, French, German or Spanish.

Travel Study

Immersion students grades 10-12 will have the opportunity to travel with the school-sponsored trip to Chile or China and complete a travel study project.

Chinese and Spanish Immersion Gallery

Minnetonka Language Immersion Logo


Jodi Siegel
Immersion Lead

Bekah Aponte
World Languages Department Chair

MHS Counselors

Laura Herbst
Advanced Learning Coordinator

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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.