East Cary Middle School parents,
I have some exciting news to share with you that could affect our school starting as soon as the 2020-21 school year.
Specifically, the school board will consider a proposal for East Cary to become a K-8 magnet school starting in 2021-22. Under the proposal, the magnet theme would be Center for World Languages and Chinese Language Immersion.
The school board is considering this proposal this afternoon. We will be asking them to approve the new theme at their Feb. 18 meeting.
Please take time to read the following information:
What is Chinese Language Immersion and World Languages?
In Chinese Language Immersion, students starting in Kindergarten receive instruction in Chinese for all their core subjects. We would begin with immersion in Kindergarten in 2021. Students in that first class would continue to receive instruction in Chinese all the way through 8th grade. The number of core classes being taught in Chinese would change over time.
As part of the World Languages theme, students not in the immersion program would be able to take Chinese or Spanish daily as language electives K-8th grade, and core subjects would be taught in English using a more global point of view.
How would the magnet theme be implemented?
If grant funding is secured, we would use the 2020-21 school year to begin taking steps to ready our school for the world languages and immersion programs.
The school district would establish a base of students for Grades K-5 to attend the school starting in 2021, and we also would begin recruiting magnet applicants in the fall of 2020, with a focus on rising kindergarteners who would make up our first Chinese Language Immersion and World Languages classes starting in 2021.
Why is this being proposed?
East Cary is a prime candidate to become a magnet school because of our diverse student population and Western Wake County location.
We are also not fully enrolled, so we can accommodate additional students, allowing us room to expand to a K-8 school. Expanding to K-8 would allow the kindergarten students who begin in our new immersion program to have extensive world language instruction through both elementary and middle schools.
We believe this magnet theme would benefit all students by increasing access to world language instruction and exposing students to global learning and international awareness.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. I will be sure to keep you updated as this process moves forward.
As always, thank you for your continued support of our school.
Yours,Nikia Davis, Principal