LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The Lafayette Parish school system plans to expand its French language immersion option to older students.
Enrollment would be opened to incoming fifth-graders who excel at their first language, district language specialist Nicole Boudreaux tells The Advocate.
More than 1,000 students now participate in the district's French immersion option, in which students begin at an early age - either preschool or kindergarten - learning all subjects except classes in English in the foreign language.
The district is fielding interest in the opportunity now and its start is dependent on the number of students who qualify and enroll, says Mario Charest, the district's world language immersion content instructional coach.
If it launches, Lafayette Parish could have the first late-entry program in the state.