All incoming Kindergarten students who are residents of the Menlo Park City School District are invited to apply to participate in the Spanish Immersion program. K-5 Spanish Immersion is offered at both Laurel and Encinal schools. There is no Spanish fluency requirement for incoming Kindergartners.
Although openings for new immersion students generally exist at the Kindergarten level, due to attrition, applicants to grades beyond Kindergarten will be considered when space is available to students who meet the academic proficiency and the appropriate social/emotional level required by the grade to which they are applying.
The district is currently piloting a program which allows a small number of English Only students entry into the 4th and 5th grade Immersion classrooms. If space is available, we plan to continue this practice of offering the immersion opportunity to students who expressed an interest in learning a second language but did not get a spot in immersion in the primary grades, on a case by case basis.
Qualified District students who reside outside the Laurel or Encinal attendance boundaries may apply for an Intradistrict transfer to Laurel or Encinal. Once transfer is approved, all interested students will be given equal consideration.
Where applications exceed space available, admission is determined by lottery.