Monday, November 12, 2001

CPS language school to open

Classes in French, Spanish

By Jennifer Mrozowski
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Parlez-vous francais? Habla usted el espanol? Perhaps not, but more elementary students in Cincinnati Public Schools will be able to learn to at a new, city-wide French and Spanish school opening next fall.

        The yet-to-be-named school will be in Roselawn at the site of Crest Hills Year-Round School, which is closing. The French and Spanish language programs now at Eastern Hills school in Mount Washington and at Heinold school in Fairmount will be folded into the new school.

        Tuesday is sign-up day for that school as well as for the district's other magnet programs at more than 25 sites.

        District officials say the school is part of its effort to enhance its foreign language programs. Withrow High School will house a restructured International School next year, offering seven languages for grades 9-12.

        “It's a very big asset to kids,” said French teacher Martine Verbesselt.“It's not a luxury to learn a foreign language. It's a skill.”

        “There's something special about this group of teachers. It's going to be a special program,” said Linda Mays of Oakley, whose third child attends Eastern Hills.

        The new school will offer students “partial immersion” in the foreign language they choose. Students will spend half days learning subjects entirely in French or Spanish.

        The languages will be reinforced by the rest of the day's courses taken in English.

        Sign-up will be at Crest Hills, Heinold and Eastern Hills. Students who will be in preschool, kindergarten and first grade next year — or who have had French or Spanish — may apply.

        For most other magnet schools, parents should enroll children at the desired school.

To learn more

               For information about Cincinnati Public Schools' magnet programs, call the CPS FACTline, 475-7099.


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