Top Reasons to Enroll Your Child at NMIS
U.S. students need to know more about the world. A recent study showed that:
- Half of 18- to 24-year-olds could not find New York state on the map of the United States;
- Fewer than three in ten felt that it was absolutely necessary to know where countries in the news were located;
- Only 14 percent believed speaking another language fluently was a necessary skill;
- Fewer than one in five young Americans owned a world map;
- Three in ten respondents placed the United States population between one and two billion; and
- Seventy-four percent said English was the most commonly spoken native language in the world.
Language immersion is at the heart of the NMIS program.
Starting our program in kindergarten is ideal to increase the likelihood of becoming multilingual. The goal is to replicate the language learning process we all underwent as we learned our first language as toddlers.
Much language research suggests that the “ideal” time to learn a second language peaks about age 5-6, while other research says students 8-9 years of age may still succeed in an immersion program. However, all children learning a second language early in life have a much higher probability to speak that language with a native-like accent. In fact, by age 7, the ability to make certain phonemes of a language starts to diminish in our brains and continues to do so as we age. For this reason, we encourage registration in our program only in kindergarten and early first grade.
Instructional time in each language
|Grade Level||Percent of Instruction in English||Percent of Instruction in Spanish||Percent of Instruction in Arabic|
|Kindergarten and First Grades||10-20%||80-90%||0|
|Fourth and Fifth Grades||40-50%||50-55%||5-10%|
|Sixth and up||50-60%||30-40%||5-10%|