Pictured is the 2018-19 Ríos Spanish immersion kindergarten class.

WAPS’ Ríos Spanish immersion application closes with record number of applicants


The Ríos Spanish immersion program at Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) received 30 applications for 2019-20 kindergarten students. Since the number of applications exceeds the class size for kindergarten, a lottery will take place on Friday, March 15. All registered families will receive an acceptance or waiting-list letter the week of March 18. For the lottery, students who have a sibling already in the program have first choice; then, the rest of the spots are filled at random. This will be the seventh class starting Ríos Spanish immersion and the second lottery to take place. Andrea Eisner, Jefferson Elementary principal, stated, “Winona Area Public Schools is so fortunate to be able to offer this amazing immersion program for our students. Our Rios students are immersed in two languages; they develop flexible thinking and problem solving and participate in cross-cultural experiences. We are very proud of this amazing program.”

WAPS proudly offers Ríos Spanish immersion, a Spanish-language immersion program, which starts in kindergarten where students begin their language-learning experience. Spanish immersion provides multicultural experiences beginning in kindergarten and sustained through high school. In kindergarten, the students understand the Spanish language and begin to use words. In first and second grade, the students speak, read and write in Spanish. In third through fifth grade, students build both in Spanish and English language development.


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