Thomas Jefferson Elementary School in Anaheim will start this summer Orange County’s first Korean dual-language immersion program.
Korean was chosen based on input from the community and because there is a strong Korean community in the county, district officials said. Anaheim is the third largest city in the nation with a Korean-speaking population.
The Korean immersion program will launch this summer at the Anaheim Elementary School District campus.
“We are excited that AESD will be pioneering the first Korean dual-language immersion program in Orange County,” said district Superintendent Christopher Downing. “Our district is committed to creating the best learning opportunities possible for our students.”
The Korean language is considered a critical language by the State Department and is also a key language is the business world, with South Korea having the 11th largest economy in world and a burgeoning prominence in the field of technology, district officials said.
The opportunity for students to learn Korean will give them a distinguished skill set and a competitive edge in the 21st century global economy, they said.
“Dual language programs are on the rise in California, and for good reason. We are proud to offer this wonderful opportunity to our students to gain proficiency in a second language as well as receive a world-class STEAM education”, said Dr. Sandra Song, principal at Jefferson Elementary School, who herself studied Korean as a child.
Across Orange County, 10 dual-language immersion programs debuted at the start of the current school year. At least three more will be added for 2019-20.
Here is a list of the current programs offered across the county.