Six CPSB Schools to be recognized as State of Louisiana Certified World Language Immersion Schools

March 2023

The Calcasieu Parish School Board is pleased to announce that six schools in the district will be officially recognized as State of Louisiana Certified World Language Immersion Schools next month by the Louisiana Department of Education.

Three of these schools offer French Immersion: Henry Heights Elementary, Prien Lake Elementary, and S.J. Welsh Middle, while the other three offer Spanish Immersion: Frasch Elementary, Oak Park Middle, and W.W. Lewis Middle.

The purpose of the State Immersion Certification is to help districts establish and maintain high-quality, highly effective dual language immersion programs that lead to biliteracy, student achievement, positive self-esteem, and marketable skills for the global workforce.  

The State Certification of World Languages Immersion Sites Application and process consists of three components: Teachers' and Administrators' Questionnaires, the Site Visit Rubric, and the Site Visit Audit. To earn this designation, faculty and staff within these schools have worked to align their immersion programs to the model of excellence outlined by the Louisiana Department of Education.

All six schools will be recognized at the April BESE meeting in Baton Rouge. This state certification will remain valid for three years.