Maxwell Spanish Immersion Magnet Elementary

Escuela de Inmersión en Español

301 Woodland Avenue • Lexington, KY 40508
Phone: (859) 381-3516 • Fax: (859) 381-3517

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School hours: 7:45 a.m. - 2:35 p.m.

Our school was built in 1903 on land that included a spring known as Maxwell's Spring. The school was named for John Maxwell, one of the founders of Lexington. In 1971, the original building was torn down and a new school built on the same site.

Since 1990, Maxwell Elementary has been a Spanish immersion magnet school; in 2007, the Consulate of Spain accepted the program into its network of International Spanish Academies. The schoolwide curriculum follows a half-day partial immersion model. Math, science and language arts are taught in Spanish, while reading, writing, and social studies are taught in English. Students also take arts and humanities classes in Spanish.

Children in grades K-1 are admitted based on a lottery draw.  Students in grades 2-5 with reading, writing, speaking and listening skills at designated levels can test in if there is room, again by lottery. Students who in Maxwell's Spanish Immersion Program may continue through the middle and high school levels at Bryan Station.

FCPS online application -- The window typically is Aug. 15 to Oct. 7 for the following school year. It's not a first-come, first-served system. Applications may be submitted anytime during the window, and all receive equal consideration.

What makes our school special

Our staff represents many countries, which provides our students a global perspective. We also have a strong arts program. Children leave Maxwell with the background for Spanish proficiency and a value of other cultures, along with a well-rounded academic foundation.

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