Dual Language Immersion Program

Dual Language Immersion (DLI) Spanish Kindergarten

Morris Brandon Elementary is excited to be preparing to expand our Dual Language Immersion Spanish program to 1st grade in the 2017-18 school year. We launched the inaugural DLI Spanish program during the 2016-17 school year with 2 Homeroom classes in Kindergarten. These students will move as a cohort of 50 to students to 1st grade where they will continue to learn the 1st grade curriculum through the 50/50 DLI model. This means, in short, that students learn half of the curriculum via the English language and half of the curriculum via the Spanish language. Each of the two homerooms spend half of their day with the English speaking teacher and half of the day with the Spanish speaking teacher. We will welcome a new group of 50 Kindergarten students into the Kindergarten DLI classrooms in 2017-18.

Students are selected for the DLI program by completing an application during the Kindergarten registration process. Application forms are included in every Kindergarten registration packet. If the number of applications exceeds the number of seats available(50), a lottery is held to select the students. New students are not enrolled in this program after the Kindergarten entry year. Applications are due in May, for the upcoming school year. A lottery, if needed, will be held the week with parent notification of admission to the program in June.

Program Mission: To prepare a multilingual/multicultural citizenry who can serve and compete locally and globally.
Program Goals:
To develop bi-literate/bi-lingual proficiency, high academic achievement, and positive cross cultural competencies and attitudes in students.
Program Model:
The cohort will participate in a 50/50 One-Way Spanish Model.

To learn more, visit the Dual Language Immersion (DLI) Fact-Sheet here.

To see the video and/or presentation from the 2017 Info Session, click here.

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