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Old 01-21-2010, 10:40 AM
 
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We are planning on moving to CH later this spring, and we plan to move to a neighborhood that is zoned for an elementary that offers a bilingual program. DD will start kindergarten this fall. It looks like Glenwood, Carrboro, Scroggs, Graham and McDougle offer bilingual programs for 2010.

My questions:

- How are these programs? Which would you send your child to? I've read that at least one program isn't run very well. I'm a little concerned about the test scores at Graham - they seem to be a lot lower than other CH schools. McDougle test scores also appear to be falling, at least based on 2008 EOG.

- Which of these programs does she have the best shot at getting into it? Are any of these programs known to have a lot of siblings who will get the K10 spots first?

- We're looking for an elementary that encourages the best in each student, but isn't a pressure cooker. How do these schools compare?

-If she doesn't get in, what other resources are in the community (or the schools) so that we can approximate the benefits of a bilingual education as much as possible?


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Old 01-22-2010, 08:16 AM
 
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Old 01-22-2010, 08:30 AM
 
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Our daughter is in Kindergarten at McDougle. We had signed her up for the Spanish program, although it was canceled/delayed due to insufficient interest and funding. I haven't followed it closely to see whether they'll offer it next year. I'd like to get her in as a first-grader if possible. She doesn't speak any Spanish, but she says she'd like to do it (she already speaks Russian more-or-less fluently).

As for the quality of the schools, I've been very happy with her at McDougle. Honestly, I wouldn't worry so much about the test scores as the environment at the schools.
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Old 01-22-2010, 08:21 PM
 
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We too are a McDougle family. The scores were low due to an influx of non english speaking kids last year. That is how it was explained to me. We are very happy at McDoulge. My neighborhood had a choice of going to the new elementary (can't think of it right now) or staying at McDougle and not have bus service. The overwhelming majority picked to stay with McDougle. This was a few years ago but it speaks to McDougle's good reputation.
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Old 01-23-2010, 10:08 AM
 
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I, too, am interested in this topic, so watching closely.
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Old 01-25-2010, 01:02 PM
 
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Thanks for your replies. I did see the prior thread. Wondering how likely it is that McDougle will start the program this fall. Maybe I should post about CH/C elementary schools in general to get a feel for them?
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