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Rock Hill School leaders break ground on language immersion school

(Kristi O'Connor | WBTV) (Kristi O'Connor | WBTV)

Rock Hill City Schools broke ground on a brand new school set to open next August that focuses on language immersion.

The school, which does not have a name yet, is the result of a successful language immersion program in three of Rock Hill’s elementary schools.

According to Superintendent Dr. Kelly Pew, they started the program about 15 years ago but had to scale back during the recession. A few years later, educators wanted to reinstate the program.

Ebinport Elementary, Richmond Drive Elementary, and Rosewood Elementary have been teaching students from kindergarten to fifth grade Spanish, French and English, for those who use English as a second language.

After a $110 million bond referendum was passed, the school decided to use some of the money toward building a school used solely for this purpose.

The $18 million dollar project will be located next to Sullivan Middle School on Eden Terrace. More than 900 students from kindergarten to fifth grade will be enrolled there, speaking and learning Spanish and French.

“When they begin in kindergarten, for 50 % of their day they are only speaking the language and their instructors are only speaking the language, there is no English in those classrooms,” Dr. Pew said.

The other half of the day is spent learning in English.

For more information about the new school, click here.

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