The first Spanish Immersion kindergarten class started in September 1995. To fully evaluate the program, the PAUSD Board of Education assigned Spanish Immersion ‘pilot’ status in January 1998. In November 2000, after favorable evaluation, the board assigned the program ‘on-going’ status. As an ‘on-going’ program, Spanish Immersion will continue to enroll students each and every year.
At the elementary school level, the program was initially located at Fairmeadow School and subsequently moved to Escondido School, its current location, in the fall of 1997 (however, all or part may be moved to another school location in Palo Alto in future years). Currently, there are 30 students per grade level in the Spanish Immersion program at Escondido. In order to accommodate class size reduction requirements (20 students maximum per class), some classes combine two grade levels. The middle school program (grades 6-8) is at Jordan Middle School.