Other Iowa Programs

The following are a variety of foreign language programs situated in elementary schools around the state of Iowa.  These programs are integrated in the standard curriculum and school day of these elementary schools; they are not extra-curricular.  Listed below are immersion programs, dual language programs, FLEX, FLES, and world language programs, among others.

Please contact Dr. Pamela Wesely with any corrections or additions: pamela-wesely@uiowa.edu or 319-335-5261.

​Program Name Location Languages Offered Program Description Program Contact

Bondurant Farrar
Community School
District
World
Language Program

Bondurant

Chinese

  • Currently a K-4 grade program, with the hopes of expanding a grade/year until the program is K-12.
  • Chinese is part of the curriculum and all students participate in Chinese class.

Chiu-yi Lin
chiuyi_lin@bondurant.k12.ia.us
515-967-7494


College Community School District Spanish Language Program

Cedar Rapids
 
Spanish
  • Students start learning Spanish in kindergarten as a Specials class
  • Students are taught Spanish through TPR and TPRS methods
  • Each grade has a different focus Spanish speaking country that they learn about throughout each year through stories, cooking, arts and crafts.
  • Students receive 45 min. of Spanish instruction every 4th day.

Renee Boehler
rboehler@crprairie.org

Irving Elementary School
Dual Language Program

Sioux City

English/Spanish

  • A K-5 grade program, expanding one grade level/year.
  • 50/50 language model with half of the instruction in English and half in Spanish.
  • Classes are kept at a 50/50 balance of English and Spanish speakers.
  • Students receive instruction in both English and Spanish in core content areas (Math, Science,
    Social Studies).  The amount of time spent in each language varies by grade level.
  • There are no additional costs for this program. It is a regular education program offered during the regular school day.

Richard McGrath

Mid-Prairie
Community Schools
World Language Program

Wellman, Kalona& Washington Township

Chinese, Spanish

  • K-5 Spanish/Chinese FLEX, 6-8 Spanish/Chinese FLEX, and 9-12 Spanish, 9-10 Chinese.

 

Nicholas O'Brien (Chinese Instructor)
nobrien@mid-prairie.k12.ia.us
(319)325-9778

 

Mount Vernon Community School District Spanish Language Program

Mount Vernon

Spanish

  • Currently offering Spanish in grades PK-4
  • Instruction 30 min., once a week
  • In a rotation of several special classes (e.g. art, guidance, etc.)
  • All students receive Spanish, with only a few exceptions

Kate Jones
kjones@mountvernon.k12.ia.us
(319) 895-6251


Park Avenue
 Elementary International Baccalaureate World School

Des Moines

Spanish

Abby Pudenz
abby.pudenz@dmschools.org

Pella Christian
Grade School

Spanish Immersion Program

Pella

Spanish

  • One-way, total Spanish immersion program that begins in preschool and will be articulated through grade 12 upon the full development of the program. Presently (2014) enrolling PreK-3rd with a grade level being added each year.
  • FLES program from PreK-high school for students in the English track.
  • Pella Spanish Immersion Program

Mrs. Rebecca Gomez
gomezre@pellachristian.net

St. Anthony Catholic School
Spanish Immersion
Program
(San Antonio de Padua Spanish Immersion Program)

Des Moines

Spanish

Dr. Joe Cordaro, Principal
jcordaro@stanthonydsm.org 
515-243-1874


St. Paul's Lutheran School Spanish Program

Waverly

Spanish

Paula Letsche
paula.letsche@stpaulswaverly.org
319-352-1484

West Des Moines
Foreign Language
in Elementary
School FLES) Program

West Des Moines

Spanish

  • Activities are geared toward student interests, including opportunities in cultural practices and integration of thematic content.  
  • Spanish is integrated in all content areas, and there is an emphasis in listening, speaking, reading and comprehension using meaningful, communicative contents through social/cultural situations, games, songs, and rhymes plus experiences with arts, crafts, movement and total physical response 

Janelle Green
greenj@wdmcs.org
Amy Murphy murphya@wdmcs.org

West Liberty Dual Language Program

West Liberty

English/Spanish


Brenda Arthur-Miller
barthurmiller@wl.k12.ia.us
319-627-2115 ext 5003

Our Lady of Guadalupe Spanish Immersion Program
 
Dubuque

 Spanish
  •  Spanish immersion program runs from preschool through 5th grade
  • Comprehensive and innovative core curriculum
  • All students will master Spanish language and experience Spanish culture

Todd Wessels
(563) 582-5456, Ext. 288
twessels@holyfamilydbq.org

Marshalltown Community School District Dual Language Program

Marshalltown

Spanish and  English 

Maria Cano
mcano@marshalltown.k12.ia.us