Recognizing dual-language immersion to be an ideal fit for Catholic schools, the Catholic School Advantage program has teamed up with the Notre Dame's Institute for Latino Studies and Holy Cross School in South Bend, Indiana, to design, implement, and research its two-way Spanish immersion program.
Since 2017, the CSA has worked side-by-side with Holy Cross School to implement a cutting-edge, 90-10 Spanish immersion program to complement its existing English track. Two-way immersion, committed to serving balanced numbers of native English- and native Spanish-speaking students, aims to educate all students to be fully bilingual and biliterate, i.e., able to speak, read, and write with equal competency in both English and Spanish.
With this innovative program, Holy Cross Catholic School has increased enrollment by 30 percent in two short years.
Watch the video above to see how this new chapter at Holy Cross is already impacting its school community and beyond. Here at the CSA, we look forward to this continued partnership as we explore the full potential of two-way immersion in Catholic schools, and we invite you to check back for periodic updates about the growth of this program.