HAILEY, Idaho (KMVT-TV) One might think these students were in spanish class, but no. This is one of the many classes offered through the dual–immersion program at Woodside Elementary.
Brad Henson, Principal of Woodside Elementary says, "we have a whole strand of students that participate in a lottery system. They go through their academic career here k–5 at Woodside Elementary, experiencing half of their education in Spanish and half in English."
They have two teachers, one who is fluent in Spanish and the other English. The students' abilities exceeded the expectations of one teacher.
Vic Morales, 5th Grade Dual Immersion Teacher says, "the thing I first noticed is how confidant they are in their learning and how well they're able to communicate to themselves, with themselves in both languages."
Woodside Elementary located in the mountain town of Hailey is one of the most culturally diverse schools in the state.
"We have the largest hispanic population in the state. We have about 70% hispanic students in our school. 52% of our students are English learners," says Henson.
Taking dual-immersion classes brings awareness to different cultures and helps to establish the children as global students.
Henson says, "it breaks down those barriers if they have the opportunity to cross over."