The concept is good. I wish they offered other languages besides Spanish. Classrooms are too crowded and teachers move around way to much. School - parent communication is poor compared to other schools that I have sent my kids.
I am very grateful that the public school system in Lexington offers an Spanish Immersion Program, my kids are already fully bilingual and they are getting a good education in this school as well. I wish the Spanish Immersion Program (K-12) would get more attention and taken more seriously; I hear most parents (including teacher parents) who have or are planning on leaving the program as soon as their kids finish 5th Grade. This is disappointing because they have taken PRIVILEGED spots, leaving out the other kids that didn't get in by the lottery process but did intent to continue the immersion all the way to 12th Grade. I urge the school principal and staff to be more proactive about telling parents of incoming K students about the long term committment they should be making. There are several other schools that offer accelerated magnet clusters in Lexington!
The Immersion Program is a wonderful experience for the students, especially since they have the opportunity to become bi-lingual (or multi-lingual). The curriculum also helps the students to learn about various cultures and often times to make a difference around the world through different programs organized by teachers and/or parents.
My son is finishing up his 2nd grade year at Maxwell, and I have been so pleased. He has struggled with his reading, and the teachers have been great about giving him the extra help and attention he needs. His second grade teacher calls, just to give positive updates about his learning. I have worked in Fayette County Schools as a substitute teacher, and I have to say Maxwell was always my favorite place to teach, and I am so glad that my son gets to participate in this great program.
Parents should seriously consider the learning needs of their child before enrolling them in Maxwell. Where children require differentiated instructional techniques beyond 'sit and get--if you can', your child may not experience optimal success at Maxwell. There are few 'true' intervention services available. Regretably, there is a huge reliance on parents to provide extended instructional support if needed. You must be proactive in advocating for needs beyond 'packets' where parents or hired personal tutors teach the material and to ensure your child does not fall between the cracks, experience negative self-worth issues or ultimately left behind. Maxwell was not an ideal placement for our child and lost critical learning milestones. We are paying heavy dividends to undue the past, moving toward excellence and success.
My son is finishing up his 1st grade year at Maxwell, and I couldn't be more pleased. The diversity of the school, the quality of the staff, and the involvement of the families are all tremendous attributes. I feel the children are challenged, but in a supportive, fun learning environment.
We have two children at Maxwell and could not be more pleased. We are both educators and hold high expectations for school leadership, teaching and parent involvement. Maxwell excells in all these areas. We are blessed to be involved in this progrm. My hope is that future parents take the Spanish Immergent Program seriously and send their children to Station Middle and High!
Maxwell's Spanish Immersion Program is a unique gem in the educational system of Kentucky and part of a small 'club' of Spanish immersion elementary programs in this nation. Both of our children have excelled in this atmosphere of diversity. The most wonderful thing is that they are becoming fluent in a second language and are distinguished in all other subjects as well. Quite remarkable as they learn half of their subjects (math & science) completely in Spanish!