It is a form of bilingual education in which students are taught literacy and content in two different languages. In this case, Spanish and English are the two languages. Both native English speakers and native Spanish speakers are enrolled in a class together, with native Spanish speakers making up about one-third of a class population. The Dual Language Immersion Program is currently housed at Creekside Oaks Elementary School. Enrolling grades TK, K and first grade beginning the 2023-24 school year. View the FAQ tab for more information.
Q: What grades are you currently accepting for the Dual Language Immersion Program?
A: We are now accepting TK, Kindergarten and first grade students.
Q: What would the typical school day be like for my child?
A: Starting in kindergarten, the kindergarten curriculum will be taught in 90% Spanish and 10% English (following the 90:10 model). Spanish will be introduced to students in playful ways to build phonemic awareness, sound/symbol relationships, and social and academic vocabulary in Spanish. Specific teaching strategies will then be used to meet students at their level of language development and proficiency.
Q: What is the 90:10 model?
The first number (90) refers to the amount of instructional time initially spent for instruction in Spanish. The second number (10) refers to the amount of instructional time initially spent for instruction in English. The amount of time taught in Spanish decreases yearly as English increases.
Q: How would this program benefit my child?
Native Spanish speakers gain a higher proficiency in English, earn higher grade point averages (GPA), have an increased enrollment in post-secondary education, and experience decreased dropout rates. Native English speakers gain native-like levels of comprehension in Spanish and achieve equal or better than non-immersion peers on standardized tests.
Q: How do I register my child for the Dual Language Immersion Program?
Families will fill out a supplemental form while completing their Kindergarten registration. In doing so, they will be included in a lottery selection process.
Q: Where is the program located?
Currently, the Dual Language Immersion Program is housed at Creekside Oaks Elementary.
Q: Who do I contact for more information?
Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services
(916) 645-6350 Email
WHAT IS THE GOAL?
The goal is for students to develop high levels of language proficiency and literacy in both Spanish and English, demonstrate high levels of academic achievement, and develop an appreciation for and an understanding of diverse cultures. It creates a growing focus on multiculturalism, as the United States is considered a diverse melting pot of cultures.