FAQ About the Spanish Dual Immersion Program at Anwatin

What does a typical day for an Anwatin IB Immersion student looks like?

Students take a total of 7 classes throughout their day, three of which are in Spanish.  Immersion students take Humanities, Science and Spanish Language in Spanish throughout their day.  During the remainder of their day, students are integrated with the greater IB community in core classes (Math, English Language Arts) and electives classes such as Japanese, French, Physical Education, Art, Media Technology, Band, and AVID.  Immersion teachers collaborate with the entire Anwatin community to ensure that all students at Anwatin receive a cohesive, comprehensive education.

Why should my student attend Anwatin Middle School?

Anwatin offers an excellent, world-class education for your child.  In addition to developing and refining their Spanish language skills as part of the only K-8 two-way Spanish immersion program in MPS, our students thrive both academically and socially.  At Anwatin we develop young people to become principled, open-minded, inquiring members of a global community.  Here are some examples of the great work our students and staff have done:

  • Immersion Students Shine at English and Spanish Spelling Bees: For the second year in a row, an immersion student took first place in both bees!  We are very proud of her!  Bee season usually runs January through February.
  • Immersion Students Rock the Geography Bee: Another student from our program just did an outstanding job representing Minneapolis Public Schools at the State Geography Bee at St. Cloud State University.  He did an outstanding job and we look forward to his efforts again next year!  It's never too early to start preparing.  Look for geography practice ideas in the Student Section of our website!
  • State History Day Showcases Our Immersion Students: A diverse group of immersion students and students from the community IB program are going to state in History Day in large numbers.  They have researched fascinating topics on turning points in history such as the Stonewall Riots, Charles Darwin, and a landmark ruling on sexual harassment.  Our students do terrific work and their efforts have led to Anwatin being recognized as the Anwatin History Day Dynasty!
  • Anwatin Students Experience Elections First-Hand!  Thanks to the efforts of Robyn Eliason, Spanish Immersion Humanities teacher, all 8th graders at Anwatin entered the polling place at Bryn Mawr to observe election day.  It is a day many of them will never forget.  Many of them will be ready to vote during the next Presidential Elections.
  • Anwatin Immersion: Engaged in Meaningful & Rigorous Learning Year-Round In February, Anwatin Spanish Immersion students showcased their Spanish and Humanities projects at our immersion parent fair, and immersion students were a big part of a recent Community Awareness Festival hosted by our AVID program. This summer, Anwatin is sending a diverse group of 14 students to the LearningWorks summer enrichment program at Blake, and 9 of them are immersion students.  We have immersion students winning art awards, Rotary Club awards, and participating and indeed starring in our spring Project Success musical. And as if all that isn't enough to achieve in one year, we are now in the planning stages for our third year of participation in the Spanish Model United Nations at the U of M, alongside our immersion pals from So. Wash. Co. immersion and Highland Jr. High Immersion.

Is there an orientation or open house prior to the start of the school year for incoming 6th graders to visit, find classrooms, get a sense of the school day expectations, and meet teachers? 

We have an open house the week before school starts every year.  This is a great opportunity to find your classrooms and meet your teachers.

When do incoming 6th grade students receive their schedules? Could the schedules change? 

Students will receive their schedules at the open house in August. Please be aware that schedules will be tentative at first. There are often schedule changes in the first few weeks based on student enrollment, acceptance into the AVID programs, and the need for academic support or advanced math. Schedules are sometimes changed to balance the numbers of students in the classrooms once enrollment is complete.

Are there tours for interested families and students?

Yes! Immersion Coordinator Elizabeth Dwight would be happy to give you a tour on a day that you arrange with her.  Her email is elizabeth.dwight@mpls.k12.mn.us.

Who is the best contact for questions over the summer?

Please contact the Spanish Dual Immersion Program Coordinator, Elizabeth Dwight, at elizabeth.dwight@mpls.k12.mn.us or Anwatin Middle School Principal, VaNita Millter at vanita.miller@mpls.k12.mn.us.

When will bus stop and time be sent to families?

MPS provides city-wide bus transportation for students enrolled in the Spanish Immersion Program at Anwatin Middle School The bus transportation information will be mailed out from the district transportation office in August.  Please direct questions about routes and schedules to MPS Transportation.

How do you determine the level of classes I will take?

With our IB Middle Years Programme, we have very few leveled classes. Students needing math and/or reading support will have an extra support class in their schedule in place of their elective. Students who are very new to English will have two ESL classes and no English Language Arts class. Students are assessed for advanced math based on standardized test scores, teacher assessment and class work during the first few weeks of school. Their schedules may change if they are identified as needing advanced math.

What school supplies will 6th graders need?

Three-ring binders (or slim trapper keepers) with 8 dividers are the best option for middle school.  The teachers will provide additional information about school supplies at the open house in August.