Dual Language Immersion Program

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In a global society, the ability to speak more than one language is essential for our future leaders. That’s why EUSD is pleased to offer the Dual Language Immersion Program at four elementary schools: Farr Avenue, Glen View, Lincoln, and Pioneer.

In addition, students may continue on their pathway to biliteracy at Mission Middle School. Beginning in fall 2019, the Dual Language Immersion Program will be offered at Mission for students who meet the criteria. These students will take their Social Studies class in Spanish, and an elective of Spanish Literacy that includes reading Spanish literature and writing essays in Spanish.

A research-based instructional model

Our program begins in Kindergarten and follows an instructional model that is designed to promote bilingualism, biliteracy, and biculturalism for students whose primary language is English, as well as those whose primary language is Spanish. This model calls for the delivery of instruction at the following ratios based on grade level:

  • Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten
    90 percent Spanish / 10 percent English
  • 1st Grade
    80 percent Spanish / 20 percent English
  • 2nd Grade
    70 percent Spanish / 30 percent English
  • 3rd Grade
    60 percent Spanish / 40 percent English
  • 4th Grade
    50 percent Spanish / 50 percent English
  • 5th Grade
    50 percent Spanish / 50 percent English
  • Middle School
    Social Studies in Spanish and elective in Spanish

Learn more

Select an option below to learn more about this exciting educational opportunity:

Which EUSD schools offer the Dual Language Program?

  • Farr Avenue Elementary
  • Glen View Elementary
  • Lincoln Elementary
  • Pioneer Elementary
  • Mission Middle School

What if my child attends a different school, but I want them to be enrolled in the Dual Language Program?

During the School Choice application window, parents can follow that process and indicate their interest in the Dual Language Program. Outside of the School Choice window, parents can fill out the Dual Language interest form.

What if my child is older than Kindergarten-age?

Entrance into the Dual Language Program is primarily limited to Kindergarten. Students who wish to enter after Kindergarten will be assessed to ensure the program is the right fit with a high probability of success.

What does the research say?

  • Students who are in a bilingual program outperform those in an English-only program.
    (Thomas and Collier, 2012)
  • Bilingual programs help close the achievement gap, especially for English learners.
    (Thomas and Collier, 2012)
  • Students in dual language programs demonstrate enhanced creativity and resourcefulness.
    (Genesee and Nicoladis, 2005)

What are the proven benefits?

Second-Language Skills

Students achieve high proficiency in both English and Spanish languages.

Improved Performance on Standardized Tests

Dual Language Immersion students perform as well as, or better than, monolingual students on standardized tests of English and math administered in English.

Enhanced Cognitive Skills

Immersion students typically develop greater cognitive flexibility, demonstrating increased attention control, better memory, and superior problem solving skills, as well as an enhanced understanding of their primary language.

Increased Cultural Sensitivity

Immersion students are more aware of, and show more positive attitudes towards, other people and cultures.

Long-Term Benefits

Immersion students are better prepared for the global community and job markets where a second language is an asset.


Please contact EUSD’s Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, Dr. Laura Philyaw — lphilyaw@eusd.org or 760.432.2112 — or one of our Dual Language schools: