The Indiana Department of Education is awarding grants to a record number of schools this year as part of the Dual Language Immersion Pilot Program. The IDOE says 30 schools will receive funding through the program to establish or expand dual language programs in French, Mandarin, and Spanish among other languages.
The program, which supports schools as they help students develop language and cultural competency skills, was introduced in 2014 with four schools. That number has grown to 42.
For the 2022-2023 school year, the IDOE says 30 schools in 21 school corporations were awarded a combined $595,000 in state funds, supplemented by federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds, which includes 28 schools that are expanding their existing programs, as well as two new programs:
- School City of East Chicago – Benjamin Harrison Elementary
- Washington Community Schools – Washington Primary School
- Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. – Clifty Creek Elementary School
- Eastbrook Community Schools – Eastbrook South Elementary
- Franklin Township Community School Corp. – Thompson Crossing Elementary
- Indianapolis Public Schools – Theodore Potter Elementary
- Lawrenceburg Community School Corp. – Lawrenceburg Primary School and Central Elementary School
- Logansport Community School Corp. – Columbia Sixth Grade Academy
- Manchester Community Schools – Manchester Elementary School
- Monroe County Community School Corp. – Clear Creek Elementary School Summit Elementary School, and Batchelor Middle School
- MSD Lawrence Township – Harrison Hill Elementary School, Indian Creek Elementary School, Mary Castle Elementary School, Skiles Test Elementary School and Sunnyside Elementary School
- MSD of Martinsville – Poston Road Elementary
- MSD Warren Township – Stonybrook Intermediate and Middle School
- MSD Washington Township – Willow Lake Elementary
- Muncie Community Schools – West View Elementary School
- School City of Hammond – Washington Irving Elementary
- South Bend Community School Corp. – Harrison Elementary and McKinley Elementary School
- Southwest Dubois County School Corp. – Huntingburg Elementary School
- Valparaiso Community Schools – Parkview Elementary
- Wabash City Schools – Wabash Middle School
- Warsaw Community Schools – Leesburg Elementary School and Eisenhower Elementary School
To qualify for the grant, the department says a school’s dual language immersion program must begin in either kindergarten or first grade. The program is also required to use an instructional model that provides at least 50% of its instruction in the target language.
You can view a complete list of dual language programs by clicking here.