Instructional Progression

  • Spanish immersion students may continue the Spanish immersion pathway in middle school and high school. Skyline Middle School is Red Clay Consolidated School District’s Spanish immersion middle school program site. 

    Skyline students in grades 6-8 deepen their immersion language skills and cultural competencies through an advanced-level Spanish literacy immersion class inclusive of authentic cultural experiences. 

    A.I.duPont High School is the primary pathway for Red Clay immersion students in grades 9 - 12. Spanish immersion students attending A.I. duPont High School students are scheduled as a cohort and take Advanced Placement Spanish Language and Culture in 9th grade. Upon successful completion of the AP Spanish Language and Culture exam, students in the 10th, 11th and 12th grade year will have access to 300 level college Spanish courses in collaboration with the University of Delaware. Students have the opportunity to graduate from high school with 9 credits in Spanish from the University of Delaware.

    For more information about the Dual Language Immersion Program, please reach out to the schools, or contact Ana Giordani Richter, Dual Language Immersion and World Language Coordinator at or phone number: 302-552-3818.

Why Immersion?

  • Dual language immersion programs help students attain high levels of proficiency in a second language. Young children in particular thrive in this type of environment and are more adept at language acquisition.

    Benefits of Immersion:

    • Second Language Skills
      • Students in an immersion program can be expected to achieve a high level of proficiency in the second language.
    • Improved Academic Performance
      • Exposing students to language at a young age helps promote intellectual development. Children who participate in immersion programs perform as well as or better than their peers on achievement tests in English and math.
    • Cognitive Development
      • Dual language students typically develop increased attention control, memory, and superior problem-solving skills. In addition, learning a second language can enhance students’ understanding of their primary language.
    • Cultural Sensitivity
      • Students in immersion programs are more aware of and show more positive attitudes toward other cultures, enabling them to interact effectively with people of different backgrounds, ethnicities, beliefs, and interests.
    • Long-Term Benefits
      • Later in life, immersion students are better prepared for the global community and job markets where knowledge of a second language is an asset.