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    College Gate Yupik Immmersion


    College Gate Elementary is the first Urban School in the United States to offer an indigenous language. Our Yupik Immersion Program is in the fifth year of implementation. The program started in 18-19 SY with only a Kindergarten class. Each year following another grade has been added. During the 22-23 school year we have added 4th grade Yupik Immersion classroom. There are now K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade Yupik Immersion classrooms offered at College Gate. 


    The Yupik Immersion Classroom day is split into two parts. An English Class and a Yupik Class by grade level. At mid day these groups flip so that the group that started with Yupik Immersion in the morning will go to English Immersion for the afternoon. In the Yupik Immersion classroom, teachers and staff only speak Yupik. The content during this part of the day is Science and Social Studies. The English Immersion side is taught in English and covers English Language Arts and Math. 


    We have a vibrant and exciting Yupik Immersion Program at College Gate. Our feeder school is the Cook Inlet Tribal Council Yupik Preschool Program. Anyone can apply to our Yupik Immersion Program through the ASD Lottery System. If you are interested, please do not hesitate to contact College Gate at 907-742-1500