About the IB MYP Spanish Dual Immersion Program

Anwatin's Two-Way Spanish Immersion program (also referred to as dual immersion) is the MPS middle school pathway for elementary students from Emerson, Sheridan, and Windom Spanish immersion sites.  Starting 2021-2022, the MPS middle school pathway will be moved to Andersen United Community School. We offer three academic subjects taught in Spanish to immersion learners during all three years of their middle school experience.  The MPS high school pathway for Spanish immersion students is Roosevelt High School where students continue their IB education in the MYP and DP.

At Anwatin, approximately 40 percent of students at Anwatin are enrolled in the Spanish Dual Immersion program.  Students take three years of the following courses in Spanish:

  • Individuals & Societies (MN Studies, US Studies, World Studies)
  • Spanish Language Arts Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
  • Science Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8

The rest of the immersion students’ classes are taught in English and study alongside students from the Community IB program.  This leads to many new and long-lasting friendships and the opportunity to enroll in a wide range of visual and performing arts, design, and other specialty courses. Additionally, Anwatin's Beacon's Afterschool programming, the Loppet Youth Programming, Project SUCCESS, ALC, and athletics are open to all students.


Spanish Immersion Teachers 2020-2021

Individuals & Societies
Elizabeth Dwight, grade 6
Francisco Rivera, grades 7 & 8

Laura Kimball, grade 6
Adoración Palomero Ferrer, grades 7 & 8

Spanish Language and Literature
Alissa Fortune, grade 6
Andrés Hernández, grades 7 & 8

Alissa Fortune


Minnesota Bilingual/Multilingual Seals and World Language Proficiency Certificate

If MPS students in grades 10, 11, and 12 demonstrate proficiency in more than one language, other than English, they may be eligible to receive a Multilingual Platinum or Gold Seal, special designations on their academic transcripts, and college or university credit at one of the participating Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.  We encourage our students to continue studying at the highest levels of academic Spanish offered in MPS via the Roosevelt High School immersion pathway.  Proficiency assessments are available in the following languages: ASL, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Hindi, Hmong, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Spanish and Thai.

Visit the MPS Multilingual department for more information.

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