Keep French Immersion at Herndon Elementary

We petition the Principal at Herndon Elementary School, the Fairfax County School Board and the World Languages Offices at Fairfax County Public Schools to keep French Immersion as the only foreign language program at Herndon Elementary School and immediately stop the administration from going forward with plans to convert to a Spanish Immersion program at the school.


  • M Michèle Thomas I am going to quote from Language Stars learning centers because their posted facts illustrate perfectly the importance of keeping children's language learning options open:

    "With 120 million speakers worldwide, French is one of the six official languages of the United Nations, one of the three official languages of the European Commission, and is spoken on every continent.

    French is the second most studied language in the world after English. And looking ahead to future career opportunities, 2,800 French companies in the U.S. employ approximately 550,000 Americans. Similarly, U.S. companies employ nearly 650,000 people in France. Among foreign countries doing business in the U.S., France employs the third largest number of Americans."

    Please don't close this "door to the world" for the students at Herndon Elementary.

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    M Michele Thomas, United States

    1 year ago Comments: There are SEVEN Spanish immersion schools closer to where I live in the county than any of the French or Japanese immersion schools. There are already 6x more Spanish immersion schools than any other language option. Cutting out one of the school choices is a terrible thing to do to students and families who want to participate in a program popular enough that they already have to "win" a lottery to take the language of their choice because there were only two school choices available. Fairfax County needs more access to different language learning options, not less.
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    Leah C, United States

    2 years ago Comments: Both of my children were involved with the French Immersion program. I switched my son to French when he was in first grade. He just finished 6th Grade. His 5.5 years of French – from 1st to half of 6th Grade were wonderful. My daughter has been in French for 3 years. The teachers and programs up to this point were rewarding and beneficial for the kids. This past year, the guidelines for French teachers has changed. The school lost some wonderful experienced teachers and I am sure may loose student enrollment because of this change. When there was a problem with a teacher, the school was unable to find a replacement and therefore the French instruction did not continue. My question – has this same guideline regarding teachers been reinforced and implemented for all Immersion programs? I personally am not against another Immersion program at HES, except if it is at the determent of the current students and program. Per the Fairfax times news article dated Feb 13 from Mrs Gwen commented: “ is a resource issue,” Gwynn said. “I look at resources and what I have available here. One of the issues is I’m having to support the French program. I’ve had to give up a day of P.E. and a half-time instructional assistant. My question – Is the school committed to providing the children who are currently enrolled in the French Immersion program the best possible education for the remainder of their time at HES? The school may want to consider some of the benefits of the families that HES attracts because of the French Program and what it will mean to loose some these families too quickly if they do not fully support and commit to the students currently enrolled in the program. My question – Has the school considered what impact these changes will have on the school?
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    Brandon, United States

    2 years ago Comments: I say that it should noy be turned in to Spanish
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