FCPS Announces Open Enrollment for Two-Way and World Language Immersion Programs for 2020-21 School Year

News Release
January 09, 2020

Online registration for Fairfax County Public Schools’ (FCPS) lottery for two-way and world language immersion programs will open on Monday, January 27.  Current prekindergarten students may apply for the kindergarten immersion program and current kindergarten students may apply for the first grade immersion programs for the 2020-21 school year.  


Kindergarten immersion programs are available in Korean at Colin Powell Elementary School and Spanish is available 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, Korean, and Spanish. 


In the immersion program, students spend approximately half of each day learning mathematics, science, and health as well as a portion of language arts 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.

There are no formal criteria for enrollment, but the program is only open to residents of Fairfax County. Online registration is available. A SIS parent account is required to complete the application.  If a student is not currently enrolled in FCPS, registration at the base school for the upcoming school year will be required to obtain a SIS parent account.


Applications must be submitted by 4 p.m. on Thursday, February 20, for the first grade immersion program and by 4 p.m. on Friday, March 20, for the kindergarten immersion program. Families will be notified regarding lottery outcomes via email on Thursday, March 5, for the first grade immersion programs and on Thursday, April 2, for the kindergarten program.  Transportation will not be provided for students residing outside the immersion school’s attendance area.


On May 25, 2017, the Fairfax County School Board approved a one-time non-refundable pupil placement fee of $100 per student, Notice 5922, Section XVII.  This one-time non-refundable fee will apply to all students accessing immersion program placements outside of their base school and will be integrated and collected within the online final school selection and acceptance process.


Parents who are interested in the two-way or world language immersion programs in FCPS are encouraged to attend one of the following informational meetings.  All meetings are held at the school identified.
 

Program Sites and Informational Meetings for

Elementary Schools

 

LANGUAGE

GRADES

LOCATION

DATE

TIME

SNOW DATE

French

1

Kent Gardens

January 14

5 p.m.

January 21

German

1

Orange Hunt

January 13

6 p.m.

January 30

Japanese

1

Fox Mill

January 15

7 p.m.

January 23

Japanese

1

Great Falls

January 16

6:30 p.m.

January 23

Korean

K and 1

Colin Powell

January 28

6:30 p.m.

January 29

Spanish

K and 1

Bailey’s

February 3

6:30 p.m.

February 10

Spanish

1

Fort Hunt

January 13

7 p.m.

January 15

Spanish

K and 1

Lake Anne

January 23

6:30 p.m.

January 30

Spanish

K and 1

Laurel Ridge

January 22

6 p.m.

January 29

Spanish

K and 1

London Towne

January 16

7 p.m.

January 30

Spanish

1

Ravensworth

January 22

6 p.m.

January 29

Spanish

K and 1

Rose Hill

January 15

6 p.m.

January 22

 

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For more information, contact Bryan Espichan at 571-423-4602.