My 7th grader has just got home from school. His first choice elective was Spanish which he hasn't got. I have called the school and it seems that they can't change him into Spanish for a couple of weeks, until new students have their schedules all changed. The reason he didn't get in is probably because there isn't enough space. There is no saying that there will be space in a couple of weeks of course.
I am really appalled at this. We shouldn't be talking about increasing immersion programs, or even FLES, until we have the mess in the language courses at our secondary levels sorted out. Learning a language is a graduation requirement, to do it at the middle school level two years must be done to count as one year of high school. Language is a crucial educational requirement and it is essential that all those who want it get into the classes at middle school. Spanish is obviously popular and if there isn't enough space, then there should be. I am really upset about this and if any school board candidates are reading this then I hope that they will be able to ensure that this does not happen in the future.
My eldest child did German at middle school. We asked the same for our next child, but they stopped teaching German. He then had to start Spanish in high school, too late in our opinion. For our third child we chose Spanish because it makes sense for two siblings to learn the same language. If we can't get in and have to start a different language, it makes a mockery of the system. To have three children go through the system and have to learn three different languages is just not on.