Dual Language Immersion Program Overview

  • Benefits of Immersion

    Research shows that students who take part in an immersion classroom, consistently develop native-like levels of comprehension, such as listening and reading skills, in their second language. Beginning in the 2020-21 school year, the Olathe Public Schools will offer a dual language immersion program at two elementary schools: Black Bob and Manchester Park elementary schools.

    Students will spend half of their day learning in English and half of their day learning in Spanish. photo of kindergarten boy Students will learn science, social studies, and math in both Spanish and English throughout the day. Students will start in kindergarten and learn to read and write in two languages as they progress through elementary school. Each subsequent year after the 2020-2021 school year, a Spanish immersion teacher will be added to the next grade level as students continue in the program throughout elementary school.

    View the immersion program brochure PDF in English

    View the immersion program brochure PDF in Spanish


    Incoming kindergarten students interested in being a part of the immersion program will enter an application into a lottery system in the spring prior to their kindergarten year. Some seats will be saved for students living in the elementary attendance area of Black Bob and Manchester Park and other seats will be open to families wanting to transfer into the program from other attendance areas of the Olathe School District.

    The lottery enrollment period for the 2020-21 school year has closed. We are not accepting additional students at this time for the 2020-21 school year.

    The lottery for the 2021-22 school year for kindergarten will open in March 2021.

    Questions? See additional information on the webpage tabs to the left or contact District Coordinator for ELL & World Languages Michael Flenthrope via email at mgflenthrope@olatheschools.org.