Exposure to another language is beneficial to address the communication challenges within today’s global society. Learning a world language provides a competitive edge in career choices for today’s 21st Century Student. Study of a second language results in cognitive benefits, gains in academic achievement and positive attitudes towards diversity. Rosenbusch, 1995
The Cedar Rapids Community School District implemented an Elementary Spanish Program during the 2011-2012 school year in all kindergarten and first grade classrooms across the District. One additional grade level will be added each subsequent year, with grades K-5 included in the program by the 2015 school year.