Academy teaching English language immersion set to open

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Starting in August, refugee students in middle and high school will have a new option of learning in Warren County.

Teranga Academy, a school dedicated to supporting teens and their families who are new to the U.S., will be located at the Bowling Green Learning Center on Old Morgantown Road.

The academy is part of a joined effort between Bowling Green Independent Schools and Fugees Family, Inc., a network dedicated to refugee education, to provide students with up to three years of competency-based English immersion programming with trauma-informed practices and culturally responsive teaching.

Students will also have the option to play soccer to serve as an international language of teamwork, perseverance and overcoming failure.

In addition, classes will include reading, writing, math and English.

“We really want to give these kids the opportunities to not only learn a language first, but also learn that the basic content they need to know so when they walk into our middle school or high school, they can be successful in class and open up doors for them well beyond their high school experience,” said Gary Fields, Superintendent of Bowling Green Independent School District.

In order to qualify, students must have been in the U.S. three years or less, be multilingual and have had their formal education interrupted.

Teranga will be open to students at Bowling Green Junior High School and Bowling Green High School starting Aug. 16.

If you want to learn more, Teranga will hold parent nights starting in April.