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Hingham to launch Spanish immersion preK class

Hingham Public Schools will offer a Spanish immersion preK class starting in September 2023 — with spaces being filled by lottery.

Almost the entire school day — from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. — will be conducted in Spanish with two teachers and an aide, according to the district’s foreign languages director, Erica Pollard. The district will charge $9,710 in tuition, which she said was competitive with similar programs in area private preschools.

“We believe there will be interest,” Pollard said. “There is an appetite for this out there.”

The School Committee voted unanimously at its Nov. 14 meeting for the pilot program, which will be at Foster Elementary School and have space for 20 children.


Superintendent Margaret Adams said Foster, which is being demolished the following school year when a new Foster Elementary opens behind it, will have an available classroom. If the program is successful, it could expand in the new building, she said.

Johanna Seltz can be reached at seltzjohanna@gmail.com.