Middle School Immersion Transition Program

FCPS provides a middle school immersion transition program at feeder middle schools for students who successfully complete the FCPS elementary language immersion program.

Transition to Middle School

FCPS provides a middle school immersion transition program at feeder middle schools for students who successfully complete the FCPS elementary language immersion program. Students who begin learning a second language in elementary school through the world language two-way immersion program may continue their language study in middle and high school. There are designated middle schools that provide the transition for these students to the high school program.
Students who successfully complete the FCPS elementary language immersion program are guaranteed placement in the feeder middle school of the elementary school attended. A student may request placement in a middle school immersion program closest to his or her home, but placement will depend on space availability and principal approval. Immersion students who live within the feeder middle school boundaries may not request placement in another middle school immersion program.
Because the focus of their language learning in the elementary schools are very different from those of students in the middle/high school sequential world language program. Students successfully completing the 7th grade Immersion 1 course earn a high school credit and the same is true for the 8th grade Immersion 2 course. The immersion students enter high school in Level 3 of the target language in 9th grade.

Course Descriptions:

Language Immersion 1:

This 7th grade course serves as a transition from elementary immersion program to the sequential world language high school program. Students expand their knowledge of the language to include communicating about themselves and their immediate environment. This communication is evidenced in all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing, with an emphasis on the ability to communicate orally and in writing. The content of this course is aligned with the Level 1 POS. Credit becomes a part of the high school transcript, is included in the determination of the high school grade point average (GPA), and counts towards fulfilling the world language requirements of the high school Advanced Studies diploma. It also counts towards the number of credits required for high school graduation.

Language Immersion 2:

This 8th grade course is designed to meet the needs of the immersion students in regard to their second language development. Students continue their development of language proficiency in all four skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. They read material on familiar topics and produce short writing samples while studying the themes and topics of Home Life, Student Life, Leisure Time, and Vacation and Travel. The content of this course is aligned with the Level 2 POS. Credit becomes part of the high school transcript, is included in the determination of the high school grade point average (GPA), and counts towards fulfilling the world language requirements of the Advanced Studies diploma. This course counts toward the number of credits required for graduation.