Open house next week for unique school program in nearby South Park

From partner site West Seattle Blog but potentially of interest to White Center/Highland Park-area parents: Concord Elementary, which is in South Park but is included in Seattle Public Schools‘ “West Seattle South” cluster, is trying to get the word out about its unique Two-Way Bilingual Program, and there’s a parent-information meeting next week. Concord PTA president Susie Clark (who is also a teacher, at Madison Middle School) explains, “The dual language program is unique in that is gives our native Spanish speakers a chance to learn reading and writing in Spanish and our native English speakers have the opportunity to learn Spanish starting in kindergarten with 30% of their day in Spanish and increasing to 70% by the time they are in 5th grade.” Susie sent along the informational brochure – it’s in two parts, here and here. Interested families are welcome to attend next week’s meeting, 6:30 pm January 21, 723 Concord Street (map). Susie is also happy to answer questions (e-mail her at

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4 Responses to “Open house next week for unique school program in nearby South Park”

  1. Mount View Elementary School begins a dual language program starting in the fall of 2009 (kindergarten only, then one grade added each year after that). If anyone in the MTVES service area has a child starting kindergarten in the fall and would like for them to be included in this program they should contact the school office (631-4500)

  2. Thank you! I should have remembered that, as I interviewed Mount View’s principal when he started work four months ago. Thanks very much for adding the info here.

  3. There will be an informational meeting for anyone interested in Mount View Elementary’s Dual Language Immersion Program on Wednesday January 21st from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. The Dual Language Immersion Program is a unique enrichment opportunity for students to think, read, write, and communicate naturally in English and Spanish.

    Any child entering kindergarten this fall who is fluent in either English and/or Spanish is eligible for this program. Any promotion that the WC blog could provide would be greatly appreciated. So far we have tried to inform the community about this program through our own PTA and other community and church groups.

    Thanks again,
    Jerry Watson
    Second Grade Teacher
    Mount View Elementary

  4. I guess I should have mentioned WHERE the meeting will take place. The meeting will be held here at Mount View in the multi-purpose room.