The Board of Education this week approved the re-use of the former Keller Elementary School site to offer dual immersion instruction in English and Spanish for grades 6 to 8 starting this fall. This middle grades program is moving from nearby Patrick Henry K-8 School, which will return to its original K-5 configuration and will continue offering its elementary dual immersion program.
The reconfiguration allows the school district to expand the sought after dual immersion program in Henry’s elementary grades by devoting a separate, entire site to the middle grades dual immersion program, which is projected to grow beyond its capacity at Henry. The aim is to accommodate a high level of parent demand for dual immersion in both the elementary and middle grades.
Keller, which is located about a mile from Henry at 7020 E. Brittain St. in Long Beach, is currently the temporary site for Newcomb Academy.
Newcomb will return to its original location at 3351 Val Verde Ave. in Long Beach this September, now that construction of a new campus there is nearing completion.
The Keller site may be renamed by the school board before the start of classes in the fall. After several years, the site could accommodate up to 750 students, which is about the same as when Keller was full as an elementary school.
Henry’s dual immersion program and teaching staff have earned multiple state and national honors, including California Association for Bilingual Education Teacher of the Year honors and a Champions of Change award from the White House.