Ríos Spanish Immersion Program

Ríos is growing!

In response to record interest in the Ríos Spanish Immersion program, Winona Area Public Schools plans to add a second kindergarten section for the 2022-23 school year. There are spots available, but they are filling up fast. Those who are interested are asked to call Jefferson Elementary at 507-494-2000, email Principal Maggie Maine at maggie.maine@winona.k12.mn.us or fill out the form below.


What is Ríos Spanish Immersion?

The goal of Ríos Spanish Immersion program is to provide educational experiences, beginning in kindergarten and sustained through Grade 12, that support academic and linguistic development in Spanish and English. Students will also develop an appreciation of other cultures in addition to their own.

Features of the Program

  • Students will become proficient listeners, speakers, writers, and readers in both Spanish and English.
  • It is the only language immersion program in Winona County. 
  • Students will master content in the same subject areas as their counterparts who do not attend the program.
  • Students will participate in art, music, and physical education taught in English in Grades K-2. Additional subjects will be taught in English as students progress through the program.

Interested parties must apply for entrance into the program. 

All Winona Area Public Schools offer the same rigorous core curriculum in reading, writing, math, science, and social studies. Immersion students will study the same core curriculum and Minnesota academic standards which connect subject areas.


Programa Bilingüe Ríos FOLLETO

Frequently asked questions

Teaching staff

Carissa Dahl

3rd Grade Teacher, Rios Spanish Immersion
Winona Middle School

Amanda Indra

4th Grade Teacher, Rios Spanish Immersion
Jefferson Elementary School

Kailey Kronebusch

Ríos Spanish Immersion Educational Assistant
Jefferson Elementary School

Maria Lopez

2nd Grade Teacher, Ríos Spanish Immersion
Jefferson Elementary School

Victor Pinon

3rd Grade Teacher, Rios Spanish Immersion
Jefferson Elementary School

Erin Siemback

1st Grade Teacher, Rios Spanish Immersion
Jefferson Elementary School
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AMITY Intern Program

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The Ríos Spanish Immersion program plays host to international interns from Spanish speaking countries each year. This program exposes students at Jefferson Elementary, Winona Middle School and around Winona Area Public Schools and the community to other cultures and accents from around the world.

This program depends on families to host these international visitors. 

Do you have a spare room in your house? Would you like to learn about another culture and language? 

We are looking for homestays that could last 3-5 months. You do not need to be a district family. Anyone in the Winona community who wants to enrich their lives can host.

Please see this flyer for more information

Apply to be a host family

We cherished the relationships we built. We still communicate with one of our interns weekly. My son loved having them around."

— Feedback from a host family parent

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