The PAUSD Board of Education approved the Spanish Immersion Program in Spring of 1995. In order to help build a quality program, the parents of the first kindergarten class founded SIPAPA, the Spanish Immersion Parents Association of Palo Alto, to actively provide support and contribute to the success of the immersion program.
Parents are encouraged, but are not obliged, to help with the support of the class and program through many avenues: volunteering in the classroom, participating in and contributing to whole school activities, planning cultural events, contributing financial support, working on fundraisers, creating a newsletter, working on outreach programs, and other projects.
Experience has shown that parent involvement is an important aspect of successful immersion programs. SIPAPA meets regularly and works toward the goal of a quality immersion program.