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Dual Language Immersion Program

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Santa Clara Unified School District Opens its first Dual Language Immersion Program! 

In the fall of 2020, Scott Lane launched the district’s first Spanish Dual Language Immersion (DLI) program, a different and more enriching model of educating students in two languages, to give students districtwide an opportunity to become bilingual and bi-literate, starting in elementary school.

Spanish Dual Language Immersion video

What is DLI?

Dual language immersion programs include native English-speaking students and native speakers of a foreign language. The goals of DLI programs are to develop bilingualism/biliteracy, academic achievement, and cross-cultural competencies for all students.

What are the program goals?

  • Bilingualism - Develop high levels of proficiency in Spanish and English

  • Biliteracy - Perform at or above grade level in all academic areas in Spanish and English.

  • Multiculturalism - Appreciate all cultures and strengthen relationships throughout our local and global community

  • Empowerment - Cultivate pride in one’s heritage and resiliency to become a critical thinker in multiple languages

What are the benefits?

  • Dual language students outperform their peers in English-only programs 

  • Students in dual immersion programs are found to have high levels of self-esteem, high academic competence, and high motivation.

  • Dual immersion students are better prepared for the global job market where a second language gives them a competitive edge!

How does it work?

In a DLI program, students are expected to meet the same state standards as all other students in the district. The program follows a 90:10 program model which refers to the language of instruction. In kindergarten, 90% of the instruction is in Spanish and 10% is in English. As the student gradually moves up in grades, the language of instruction will gradually increase in English until the program reaches a 50:50 split between English and Spanish.

What are the participation requirements? 

The DLI program is open to all entering kindergarten. Program participants and their families are expected to make a minimum commitment of six years (kindergarten through 5th grade) to fully benefit from the two-way bilingual immersion model.  Open enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year has closed.

What are the next steps?:

1. Wait for open enrollment for the 2022-2023 School year to open in January 2022. 

Contact Mr. Jeff Keller, Scott Lane Principal, via email at jkeller@scusd.net or by phone at (408) 423-4101. 

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