Utah immersion program the envy of the nation

Thousands of Utah students have something directly in common with one of the country’s most famous kids — Suri Cruise.

Suri, daughter of actors Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, attends Avenues: The World School in New York City. Her tuition is $40,000 a year. Class size: 17.

Then there’s Cierra, daughter of Dave and Robin. She attends Spring Lane Elementary School in Holladay. Tuition: free, if you don’t count taxes. There are about 25 kids in her class.

Strip away location and tuition costs, and Suri and Cierra are receiving close to the same education. In fact, they’re learning from the same program that was developed here in Utah.

Avenues is the new school many of the rich and famous are choosing for its dual-immersion language program. Kids learn half the day in a new language and half in English.

It is the same program spreading like wildfire in Utah schools. Both are designed by educator Myriam Met.

“For about $40,000 less out of your pocket,” Met said. “That’s a plus for sure.”

While Suri may steal the magazine headlines, Utah actually has the celebrity status when it comes to language programs in the U.S.

“Everybody has Utah on their lips when they talk about immersion,” Met said.

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