PASI and Volunteer

What We Do and Why We Do It

We advocate for and support the Spanish Immersion Program in Sioux Falls Public Schools with a primary focus on interns who enhance the language and cultural experience in the classrooms and in the community. We also donate money through grants for teacher development and resources for the classrooms and libraries.

Parent Advocates for Spanish Immersion
To support and advocate for students, teachers, and interns in the Sioux Falls Public Schools Spanish Immersion Program.

Our Interns

One of the main things PASI does is bring the world into your students classrooms via supporting interns. For the 2018-2019 school year we have 12 interns from 6 different countries helping students learn proper dialects and how to communicate with each other through speaking, reading and writing. Every kindergarten classroom is assigned one intern; the other interns are "shared" through the upper grades with one intern typically going between 2-3 classrooms during the day. In all grade levels this gives the teacher an extra set of hands and allows students time to work on academic subjects with more attention from either the teacher or an intern.

Each intern has an education background and is thoroughly vetted through Amity International and the SF Public Schools background system. PASI provides daily school lunches, monthly stipends for their work at school, school spirit wear and assistance with organizing events to enhance the American experience of these young women and men. Each intern costs approx. $4,000 to host for the year; an investment that is well worth it for the benefits they give our students and teachers.


Data Information

Achieving our mission, to educate and prepare each student to succeed in a changing world, hinges on our ability to continually improve the effectiveness of our schools. Multiple factors impact student achievement and serve as indicators of effective schools. This Data Profile Directory is prepared to provide parents, educators, and the community with a data profile of various school effectiveness indicators. The directory should be used as one source of data for identifying a school's present status, assessing overall student progress, and planning for continual school improvement.


Each year the South Dakota Department of Education (SD DOE) releases a report card showing the performance of schools across the state. The report card includes information about academic achievement, student attendance for grades K-8, the graduation rate for high schools, and professional staff qualifications. These criteria are used to determine the school’s performance index or SPI.

Although the federal and state governments require building and district-level accountability measures, the District closely monitors the individual progress of each student to ensure that each student is being prepared to succeed in a changing world. By reviewing their student’s quarterly report cards, attending Parent-Teacher Conferences in the fall and spring, and contacting teachers with questions or concerns parents will have the best picture of how their children are progressing.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, state assessments were not administered, and therefore data for student performance, student progress, and school environment are not available for the 2019-2020 school year.

Based upon South Dakota's waiver approved by the U.S. Department of Education, the overall score was not calculated for schools for the 2019-2020 report cards, and the school support status is based upon school performance results from the 2018-2019 academic year.


All schools in the District are submitting their School Improvement Plan to the Board for approval prior to submitting them to the State. The Plans, developed by a team of parents, community members, and staff, serve as a roadmap for future planning and professional development and measure student achievement.

Each school has a building leadership team that meets regularly throughout the year to guide the development, implementation, and evaluation of the School Improvement Plan. Building leadership teams divide the larger plan into smaller segments with the following focuses: staff roles, goals, meetings summary, data processes, priorities and strategies, and the professional development plan.

This document guides the work in order to meet the District’s mission, priority statements from the Strategic Plan, and the achievement goals set by the South Dakota Department of Education.


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Spanish Immersion Application

Spanish Immersion is a unique educational program, which requires a basic commitment from parents or guardians that for each child in the program, a parent or guardian is required to read to the student in English every day for 20 minutes. The best benefit for the student from the Spanish Immersion Program is received if they complete the entirety of both the Elementary program (K-5) and Middle School program (6-8). Any application received serves as the applicant’s notice of intent to enroll in the Spanish Immersion Program, and obligates the student to attend Sonia Sotomayor Elementary School. If you wish to withdraw your child after acceptance into the program, an exit interview with Sonia Sotomayor Administration must be completed.

Completed application must be submitted to Sonia Sotomayor Elementary School

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