French Immersion

  • The French Immerison program begins in kindergarten and is projected to continue to move up one grade level per year with plans to extend continuation programming at Sonoran Trails Middle School. Fifth grade will be added for the 2020-21school year.

    French Immersion making Crepes

    In this enriched educational model, 50% of daily instruction is conducted in French and the other 50% through English. Thematic Units spiral throughout the academic content areas so that Math, Science, Social Studies and Language Arts (reading, writing, speaking, listening) are taught in both languages. Kinder-First grade is team taught by two teachers: one French and one English teacher while fourth grade will be a self-contained class with one bilingual teacher delivering instruction in both French and English. The language of instruction is separated by times during the day.

     2 pie charts depicting how instructional minutes are divided up across content areas in the language immersion programs

    Goals of an Immersion Program

    • Academic Achievement in English at grade level or higher
    • High levels of proficiency in English and another language
    • Increased levels of multicultural awareness
    • Healthy self-esteem, determination and grit regarding learning languages

     Students celebrate national croissant day at French Immersion School

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    Why Immersion?

    Young brains are wired to acquire lanugages through an immersion setting. The French Immersion program takes advantage of this window of opportunity by starting in kinder. Students in the DSA French immersion program have one teacher that separates the languages by time of day. They develop two languages and learn to perceive the world around them through two cultural lenses.

    Research shows that immersion students demonstrate more cognitive flexibility, exhibit expanded attention spans and problem solving skills which translate into higher academic achievement over the course of a program. This type of educational option allows students to reach the highest level of proficiency in another language than any other model offered in schools. Students that can enter the world with high levels of proficiency in English and another language will have double the opportunities to succeed!

    What is the official CCUSD language immersion model?

    All CCUSD immersion programs are a one-way, partial immersion model. Click into this You Tube video for an introduction to these programs.

    Important Partnerships

    Desert Sun Academy is supported by the Fund for French Dual Lagnuage and Immersion Programs in the U.S., a program of the FACE Foundation in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States. The local chapter of L'Alliance Francaise also is a supporter and partner to DSA.

    FACE Foundation French Embassy Logo L'Alliance Francaise