New It’s My School Episode Explores Dual Language Immersion Program in Corona-Norco Unified School District

Video series shines spotlight on Harada Elementary School, one of four elementary schools in the Corona-Norco Unified School District (CNUSD) offering a Dual Language Immersion Program where students start learning a second language in kindergarten.

RIVERSIDE – The Riverside County Office of Education (RCOE) has released a new episode of its ongoing It’s My School video series exploring innovative programs in public education throughout Riverside County.

It’s My School – Harada Elementary was filmed at Harada Elementary School, one of four elementary schools in CNUSD offering the Dual Language Immersion Program that initiates the early learning of a second language. The program is also offered at multiple districts throughout Riverside County.  Students start the program in Kindergarten with the vast majority of instruction taking place exclusively in Spanish. As students progress into later elementary grades, the ratio shifts to incorporate more English instruction. The program extends through high school with students learning a variety of subjects in both languages.

“Kids have an innate ability to learn language,” said Harada Principal, Keith Adams. “The younger they are, the better they are. That’s how our children learn our language, by being immersed in it.” 

Teacher Jeniffer Garcia said that even though classes are taught in Spanish in kindergarten, some parents are amazed to see their children reading in English as well as Spanish at a young age. “They apply the same reading skills and they pick it up,” she said.

It’s My School is a video series produced by RCOE that provides an inside look at the extraordinary people and programs of Riverside County schools—home to more than 430,000 students and 18,000 dedicated teaching professionals. It’s My School episodes are available on demand at www.rcoe.us/its-my-school and on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/rcoetv1.