RCAS to introduce Lakota Language Immersion program for incoming Kindergarten students
RAPID CITY, S.D. — As part of an ongoing effort to improve outcomes for all students, RCAS is piloting a Lakota Language Immersion program for incoming Kindergarten students, with the intent to grow this magnet program each subsequent year.
The pilot will be located at Canyon Lake Elementary School.
The Lakota Language Immersion program will be taught entirely in the Lakota language – with the exception of RCAS specials classes, including STEAM, physical education, and music – with an emphasis on Lakota culture, heritage, and values. Parents will be strongly encouraged to take advantage of opportunities to learn the language alongside their child, as language reinforcement at home is an important component to this program.
Space is limited; during the first year of the pilot, 20 students will be able to enroll. If interest exceeds the available capacity, a random lottery will be conducted. If the lottery process is needed, parents will receive more information about that process.
Students do not have to live in the Canyon Lake Elementary attendance area to apply; however, since this is a school of choice, transportation will not be provided to students who do not live within the Canyon Lake attendance area.
Parents interested in applying for a spot in the Kindergarten Lakota Language Immersion pilot, are asked to please fill out the following application and complete the survey here:
The survey must be completed by June 1, 2021.