We, at Grand Haven Christian, see the benefit of introducing children to a second language in a unique setting as part of their educational experience. The Spanish Immersion Program provides an opportunity for our students to achieve a high degree of proficiency in a second language. Another goal of our immersion program is for students to gain academic achievement equal to, or greater than, their monolingual peers. A dual language classroom also allows for a rich cross-cultural experience and greater global awareness for our students.
We are currently offering Spanish Immersion in Preschool and Kindergarten through third grade, with a class being added each year. GHC is committed to an early total one-way model, meaning students will be taught entirely in Spanish through 2nd grade. GHC has partnered with add-a-lingua, an organization that supports schools with the establishment and development of the dual language model.