The German Consulate General and the German American Cultural Foundation presented a $20,000 grant to jumpstart the first German dual-immersion program in Georgia to State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge on Monday.
Consul General Christoph Sander commended the State of Georgia on the excellent progress with its dual-immerison initiative which started with three Spanish programs in 2012.
“The German government is proud to support the kick-off for the German dual-immersion program,” he said. “We are looking forward to supporting the teachers and students who will become part of this excellent initiative in the coming years.”
The program will use the 50/50 model throughout elementary school, in which students spend half of the school day in the German language and the other half-day in English, achieving high proficiency in both the native and target languages.
The German dual-immersion program will start with a kindergarten class for the 2013-2014 school year. Congratulations to Ashford Park Elementary School for winning the grant to implement the program at their school!
“Ashford Park Elementary School is the perfect choice because it is a feeder school for Chamblee Middle and Chamblee Charter High School,” commented German Language Advisor Petra Reuter. “These two schools have had amazing German programs for some years now and, being recognized PASCH schools, will definitely be furthermore enriched by the dual-immersion students in the upcoming years.”