DI Application and Information
The curriculum taught is aligned with the Common Core State Standards in Language Arts, Mathematics, and all other subjects.
Dual Immersion Philosophy:
- Language learning is natural for young children
- Language learning challenges mental development
- Language learning prepares students for diversity
The Dual Immersion program combines students from two language groups and teaches them in both of their languages. The program includes balanced numbers of English, Spanish and Bilingual speaking students.
At first, students are taught the majority of the day in Spanish by a Spanish-speaking teacher. Students are also taught in English by an English-speaking teacher.
Gradually, the language of instruction shifts until by the 5th grade, 50% of the day is in Spanish and 50% of the day is in English. Throughout, students help each other to speak, read, write and understand one other's language.
- Students will gain proficiency in both Spanish and English
- Academic achievement in Spanish and English
- Positive self-esteem, cultural awareness and sensitivity
- Bilingual Enrichment Program
- Students gain a new language
- High Academic Achievement
- Job opportunities in many careers
- Critical & creative thinking promoted
- Language requirements fulfilled for high school and university credits
Who can participate?
Kindergarten students who speak Spanish, English or both can participate. Classes are balanced among the language groups.
There is no specific criterion, but rather parents choose to enroll their child in the Dual Immersion Program, committing to a period of six years (K-5).
Junior High Program is also available.
Usually, children enter the Dual Immersion Program at kindergarten. Sometimes students choose and qualify to enter at later grade levels.
Program Model - 90/10
| Language of
Grades 6 - 8
- Spanish Language Arts
- Spanish Social Studies or Science
- English Mainstream Classes