Cristina Ladas is the Coordinator for all of CCUSD's World Language & Immersion Programs K-12. Providing opportunities for all CCUSD students to have a well-articulated sequence of world language and/or immersion classes is one of the three strategic focus areas in the district.
The CCUSD Language Immersion Story
Fifteen years ago, the idea of a one-way, partial Spanish immersion was born at Desert Willow Elementary School. A two-teacher model with 50% of the instruction being delivered in each language (Spanish/English) began in 1st grade and has rolled up one year at a time. As the economy has become more global, CCUSD decided to expand its language immersion offerings to Mandarin Chinese and French at two other elementary schools. Watch this video for a peek at all three programs.
CCUSD and AZ Seal of Biliteracy
Cactus Shadows High School graduates can apply for two Seals of Biliteracy. The AZ Seal of Biliteracy is a recognition by the AZ Department of Education while the CCUSD Seal of Biliteracy (slightly higher levels of proficiency) is awarded by CCUSD. These achievements are noted on students transcripts and diplomas.