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    Dual Language Immersion (DLI) Program Coming in Fall of 2020


    Do you want your child to read, write, speak and understand two world languages?   

    Do you want your child to be able to understand different cultures and languages? 


    The Santa Paula Unified School District will launch its new Spanish Dual Language Immersion Program at Glen City Elementary School in August of 2020 for Transitional Kindergarten (TK) Students.  Dual Language Immersion Programs promote bilingualism and biliteracy, grade-level academic achivement, and cross-cultural competency. 

    The program will begin with one TK DLI classroom next school year with both English dominiant and English learner students. Following the rollout of the TK class  in 2020-21, the strand will grow to include two Kindergarten classes in  2021-22. Accordingly, the strand will continue to grow and add subsequent grade levels each academic year. The ultimate vision is a DLI strand from TK to 12th grade.  

    Teachers will use California standards-aligned core curriculum with instruction delivered 90% of the day in Spanish and 10% in English. This gradually shifts until by the end of 5th grade, 50% of the school day is spent in each language. At the secondary level, 1/3 of the day is in Spanish and 2/3 is in English. 

    *To be eligible for TK DLI, the child must turn five (5) between Sept. 2 and Dec. 2, 2020. Children who will be 5 years of age December 3 – December 31 will need to meet with the site principal for consideration into the TK DLI program.

    For the 2020-21 school year, 22 TK spots will be allocated for the DLI Program at Glen City School 


    For more information, please see the resources below: 

    DLI Parent Information and Survey

    Parent Information Meeting 

    Common Misconceptions Regarding DLI Programs

    DLI Program Brochure (coming soon)

     DLI Master Plan (coming soon)

    DLI Vision Statement

    The SPUSD DLI program provides an exemplary multilingual, multiliterate, and multicultural 

    learning environment in which all students achieve high linguistic and academic proficiency in 

    world languages while developing sociocultural competency in order to contribute to and benefit from a diverse global society.