The Douglas County School District is in the preparation stages to offer a World Language initiative that will teach Spanish and Mandarin Chinese at the elementary level. The District is preparing a curriculum that will provide a strong foundation for the students as they carry on with language training into the upper classes.
Phase one of the initiative includes 13 schools in the program. More schools will participate in the coming years.
ASL, American Sign Language will also be taught at several Douglas County high schools beginning in the 2007-2008 school year.
Beginning a new language early in life is much easier than later. With today's global economy our students need to know at least one additional language other than English in order to compete. Douglas County should be commended in their efforts to prepare kids for the future.
An information meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 23, at 5 pm in the Wells Fargo Room of the Philip S. Miller Library in Castle Rock. All interested citizens are welcome to attend. More info can be found at the District's web site.