District-Wide Spanish Immersion Program

Our Spanish Immersion program follows a 90-10 model, meaning 90% of the day is in Spanish and 10% of the day is in English. Our teachers are licensed elementary teachers proficient in both Spanish and English. The Spanish Immersion program covers the same curriculum and is held to the same standards for success as our traditional kindergarten programs.

To arrange a tour, please call (507) 328-3400.

Students walking in lines in the hallways at Gage

What is a District-Wide School or Program?

District-wide schools/programs are schools or programs located within the Rochester Public School District that may deliver the curriculum in a different manner than neighborhood schools. District-wide schools and programs are tuition free to students. Transportation is provided to eligible students that are enrolled in a district-wide school or program.

Students are automatically assigned to their neighborhood school when enrolling at Rochester Public Schools. In order to learn about a family’s interest in attending a district-wide school/program, students must apply to attend a district-wide school. At particular grade levels there may be a waiting pool due to a greater demand of students applying than the number of spots available.

To apply, you must fill out and submit an application to the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. There are three ways in which you can do this. 

  1. Complete the form online.

  2. Print the Paper Application and mail it or drop it off at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Edison Administration Building, Second Floor, 615 7th Street SW, Rochester, MN, 55902.

  3. Fill out the form in person at the Edison Administration Building.


Apply for District-Wide schools and programs