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    The Bainbridge Island School District (BISD) piloted the Spanish Immersion program in the 2012-13 school year.  The El Velero Immersion Program, located at Ordway Elementary School, now has classes from Kindergarten through 4th grade. A 5th/6th grade El Velero class is hosted before school at Sakai Intermediate School.

    The four primary goals of immersion education are to:
    • Produce students who are bilingual and bi-literate;
    • Create a keen awareness and appreciation of different cultures;
    • Increase overall student achievement; and
    • Produce students who can be competitive in the global marketplace.


    For more information on the El Velero Spanish Immersion Program - https://www.bisd303.org/domain/1906