Applications for our current Two-Way Bilingual Immersion program classrooms are now being accepted for the 2013-14 school year
Bilingual Program School Tours Bilingual Program tours and applications for 2013-14 school year will be available for Kindergartners and 1st grades beginning in late January 2013. Please see the tour schedule Click Here. Tours will include a brief visit to the current bilingual program classrooms and a brief opportunity to ask questions, as well as sign up to attend one of the more detailed informational meetings, on Thursday, February 21 from 6pm-7pm and Saturday, March 9 from 10am-11am. Applications will be due Friday, March 22, 2013, by 3pm.
Riverside Elementary has a Magnet Program for a Two-Way Bilingual Immersion program that opened in 2009-10 with grades Kindergarten and 1st grade. We currently have Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades. A new grade level will be added each year, eventually becoming a K-5th grade program.
Who can get in to the school?
As a magnet school in the North Clackamas District, Riverside is open to any school aged kindergarten student residing within half of the district's 17 elementary school boundaries. For more information on eligible attendance areas, Click Here. For detailed information on which schools feed into the Riverside bilingual program and which schools feed into El Puente’s bilingual school, please see chart:
How are students selected? Siblings of current Riverside students are automatically accepted into the school. A lottery selection process is held to select which applicants are offered a placement in the following year's kindergarten class. If first grade openings are available, they are first offered to kindergarten applicants placed on the previous year's wait list. If there are remaining slots, a lottery is held for first grade applicants. Click Here for Lottery Flyer
Due to the academic and language demands on students, no students are accepted after October of their first grade year. However, our program does admit students at the later grades if they demonstrate adequate Spanish proficiency on Spanish reading and writing assessments. Students who have participated in a bilingual program in other districts and/or Spanish speaking students who are newcomers are invited to apply to attend the district's two bilingual programs.
Lottery selections are done so that at least 40% of the class is Spanish speaking and 60% are English speakers. Preference is given to students whose prior education or home life includes Spanish oral or academic learning.
Lottery selection is held in early April. Parents of applicants are notified by mail whether they were selected or placed on a wait list.
How can students apply? By mid-February all schools will have fliers for information meetings where you can pick up an application packet. Attending an information meeting is encouraged. Applications will not be accepted after the deadline (usually mid March). Once selected, parents and student are required to attend an orientation session in April to finalize enrollment.
Where is the school? Riverside Elementary School is located at 16303 SE River Rd. in Milwaukie, Oregon. The Two Way Bilingual Immersion Program is housed within the school. Before your child begins to attend school in September, our office must have the following:
A copy of the student's birth certificate
Current emergency contact information on a completed registration form
All immunization shots updated and on file in the school office.
OVERVIEW: Families who apply for their children to attend Riverside bilingual program should be strongly committed to bilingual education. This requires a commitment to remain in the school for six years. Research shows that it takes approximately five to seven years of participation to see the academic and linguistic benefits of being able to speak, read and write in two languages. Parents must also have a strong commitment to their children's educational success in a culturally diverse classroom, school and community. Riverside expects parents to be involved in a variety of ways that range from coming to help at the school, working with the community, and assisting in learning at home.
Upon notification of selection, parents must attend an information meeting that provides a more in depth understanding of the dual immersion bilingual model. After this meeting, parents will choose whether or not they want to enroll their children. If parents of selected children choose not to participate, families on the waiting list will be selected and given the opportunity to attend an informational meeting. Please thoroughly consider all aspects of the program, and its fit for your children, prior to making the decision to apply and enroll.
For more information, please contact the office at 503-353-5560.