The Immersion program is open to all children entering kindergarten. Families who value proficiency in a second language acquired during elementary school are encouraged to enroll in the Immersion program.
Immersion is not for everyone, however. Many parents want their children to master the English language before learning a second language. Many students don’t have a passion for language; their passions lie elsewhere. There are many high-achieving Minnetonka High School students who take only the basic level of language (recommended for college entrance) and do not pursue proficiency. There will be students who want to study French, German, Japanese or American Sign Language who will wait until middle school or high school to begin a language. Our middle school world language curriculum permits students to begin high school level world language with all day, everyday world language instruction in 8th grade.
Parents know that each child is unique, and children develop talents in many areas: music, language, numbers, visual arts, movement, science, and social intelligence. Language is only one of the Multiple Intelligences human beings possess. In Minnetonka, there are many paths to excel, wherever a student’s talents and academic interests lie. Parents are encouraged to focus on the educational program that will be a good fit for their child. No matter what choice they make, it is a good choice if that choice is based on the temperament, learning style and other needs of each child. Each child will benefit from our District’s excellent teachers in all of its educational programs.