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Dual Language Immersion Program General Information

This alternative program offers a choice for parents who want their children to become fluent in two languages while developing academic skills in the core subjects.

Program Design: 

The Dual Language Immersion Program is a challenging and rigorous academic program in which Spanish is used as the primary language of instruction. The classroom population is half English-speaking children and half Spanish speaking children. The program implements a 90/10-immersion model in which K-1 students receive 90% of their instruction in Spanish and 10% in English. The percentage of English instruction increases as follows:

 

 

Kindergarten and 1st Grade – Core subjects are taught in Spanish for 90% of the day. English language development is provided for 10% of the day or 33 minutes daily.

  • 2nd Grade – Core subjects are taught in Spanish for 80% of the day. English language development is provided for 20% of the day or 67 minutes daily.
  • 3rd Grade – Core subjects are taught in Spanish for 70% of the day. English language development and English language arts are provided for 30% of the day or 100 minutes daily.
  • 4th Grade – Core subjects are taught in Spanish for 60% of the day. English language development, English language arts, music and science are provided for 40% of the day or 134 minutes daily.
  • 5th & 6th Grade – Core subjects are taught in Spanish for 50% of the day and English for 50% of the day or 168 minutes.

Program Goals:

  • To develop language proficiency in English and Spanish for native English speakers and Spanish speakers.
  • To ensure academic excellence by increasing scholastic achievement in two languages as outlined in the adopted standards.
  • To cultivate understanding and appreciation of other cultures.
  • To strengthen positive attitudes among students and California’s diverse population
  • To develop leadership and self-confidence.

Benefits: 

  • Develop fluency in two languages: English and Spanish
  • Immersion students develop flexibility in thinking through problem solving, conceptualizing and reasoning in two languages.
  • Develop an understanding of the English and Spanish languages and develop sensitivity to structure, vocabulary and syntax.
  • Attain greater academic achievement in core subjects (reading, science, social studies and mathematics.)

 Curriculum: 

  • The program adheres to the District’s core curriculum
  • Program participants and their families are expected to make a seven-year commitment.

 

 
     

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