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Dual Language Immersion Program


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 and first-grade families. 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. 

What are the next steps?:

1. Attend one of the upcoming virtual orientation meetings.

  • March 22, 2021 | 3-4 p.m. 
  • April 1, 2021 | 6-7 p.m.
  • April 19, 2021 | 5-6 p.m.  

2. Register online. Once registered, you will receive a link to join the Zoom meeting. 

3. Enroll your child in SCUSD visit the SCUSD Enrollment page.

4. Once you receive your permanent student ID number, apply for open enrollment for Scott Lane Elementary and select the Spanish Dual Language Immersion Program.

Where can I get more information?

Contact Ms. Reyes, Scott Lane Vice Principal, via email at or by phone at (408) 423-4102. 

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