Fairfax County Public Schools' online registration for the countywide lottery for two-way and world language immersion programs will open on Monday, Feb. 22.
Applications must be submitted by Friday, March 25, at 4 p.m. for the first grade immersion program and Friday, April 22, at 4 p.m. for the kindergarten immersion program.
Current prekindergarten students may apply for the kindergarten immersion program and current kindergarten students may apply for the first grade immersion programs for the 2016-17 school year.
The kindergarten immersion programs are available in Korean at Colin Powell Elementary and Spanish at Bailey’s, Lake Anne, Laurel Ridge, London Towne, and Rose Hill Elementary Schools.
First grade immersion programs are available at 12 elementary schools and are offered in French, German, Japanese and Spanish.
Families will be notified — during the week of April 18 for the first grade immersion programs and during the week of May 5 for the kindergarten program — about acceptance or placement on a waiting list.
There are no formal criteria for enrollment, but the program is only open to residents of Fairfax County. Online registration can be accessed at http://www.fcps.edu/is/worldlanguages/immersion.shtml.
Parents who are interested in the two-way or world languages immersion programs in FCPS are encouraged to attend informational meetings, http://www.fcps.edu/is/worldlanguages/immersion.shtml.
In the immersion program, students spend approximately half of each day learning mathematics, science, and health in the target language. The other half of the day is spent learning social studies, language arts, and the Family Life Education portion of health in English.
Transportation will not be provided for students residing outside the immersion school’s attendance area.