Spanish Immersion School Expands

2 Jun , 2017  

Mansfield City Schools’ Spanish Immersion School will expand to seventh and eighth grades for the 2017-2018 school year.

“Spanish Immersion is an award-winning school that has achieved significant growth since its inception in 2008. We are pleased to announce the addition of grades seven and eight,” Superintendent Brian Garverick said.

Enrollment information is available by calling the school at 419-525-6321.

The school opened in the fall of 2008 with a kindergarten class of 11, two teachers and Principal Jody Nash. Last month it ended the school year with an enrollment of 181 in kindergarten through sixth grade. Gabe Costa, a former third-grade teacher there, succeeded the retiring Nash as principal in June 2015. In January, the free public school at 240 Euclid Avenue was named a 2016 National Title 1 Distinguished School Award recipient, one of only two Ohio schools to receive the honor. Title 1 is the nation’s largest federal assistance program for schools.

The award recognized Spanish Immersion’s success in closing the achievement gap among students in all subgroups, as defined by state and national education officials. Subgroups include low-income, racial/ethnic and students with disabilities.

Jeremy Marks, the Oho Department of Education’s director of federal programs, announced the award. “Mansfield Spanish Immersion School has been an Ohio School of Promise for two consecutive years. Your commitment to high expectations and raising achievement levels for all students is deserving of this (national) recognition,” Marks said.

Garverick said Spanish Immersion reflects the district’s commitment to student achievement. “Spanish Immersion has a strong partnership with parents and the community,” he said. “The honors the school has received certainly are deserved.”

Under the Title 1 program, the federal government provides funding to the states. Each state then distributes the money to school districts based on the number of families below a set income level. Mansfield City Schools has a districtwide poverty rate of approximately 84 percent, based on the number of free and reduced-price lunches.

Source: Mansfield City Schools


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