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McDonald School triples enrollment, raises funds for language immersion classes

What do you think? Comments Off June 7, 2011 at 11:26AM

Our news partner My Wallingford reports that enrollment at McDonald Elementary School has nearly tripled since opening last year:

When McDonald Elementary School opened last year in its temporary location at Lincoln High School (4400 Interlake Ave. N.), only about 65 students showed up for the K-5 school. With its designation earlier this year as Seattle’s newest international and language immersion school, the enrollment has nearly tripled to 174 — plus a wait list — for 2011-12.

The school will have six language immersion classes — four for kindergarten (three in Spanish, one in Japanese) and two for first grade (one class each for Spanish and Japanese). Nearby John Stanford International School provides the blueprint for McDonald School’s immersion program; JSIS employees and parents say the key to its success is having an immersion assistant (a native speaker) in each classroom to help with instruction.

Hiring immersion assistants for McDonald will cost $100,000 this year, and McDonald’s PTA is trying to raise the money — fast. They need all the funds by the end of July to hire for September.

The school is hosting a family square dance as a fundraiser on Friday (June 10, 2011) at its temporary location at Lincoln High School (4400 Interlake Ave N). You can read more about the event, which is open to the community, on My Wallingford.

McDonald Elementary School will be moved to its permanent location at 114 NE 54th St in the fall of 2012, following refurbishment work.

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