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INTRODUCTION

L.A. Unified recognizes our students’ cultural and linguistic assets. We are committed to providing language pathways that will enable our students to develop and strengthen their cognitive, academic, cultural, and economic capabilities. L.A. Unified is proud to offer wide-ranging dual language education programs that provide our students with opportunities to develop the multilingual and multicultural skills necessary to be successful in a global society.

This brochure provides a resource for families who want to find out more and apply to pathways where their children can become bilingual/biliterate and culturally competent. L.A. Unified offers programs in grades TK to 12 where students can continue to achieve higher levels of language proficiency, participate in the California Seal of Biliteracy, and be prepared to enter and compete in a global economy. Currently, there are 139 Dual Language Two-Way Immersion, Dual Language One-Way Immersion, and World Language Immersion Programs. The programs are offered in Spanish, Korean, Mandarin, French, Armenian, and Arabic. New programs are added each year.

Dual Language Education Programs are located on regular school campuses with access to activities and experiences shared with the host school. Please review the following pages to determine the programs that fit your child’s needs. For more information regarding a specific program at a given school site, please call the principal using the telephone number listed under the school’s name on pages 51-56 in this brochure.

PROGRAM GOALS

One of the District’s goals is to increase the number of graduating seniors who are bilingual and biliterate. As students continue to participate in Dual Language Education Programs from Transitional Kindergarten (TK) to 12th Grade, they reach advanced levels of academic and language proficiency in both languages and gain sociocultural understanding and competence. In addition, students in these programs have an opportunity to earn the L.A. Unified Biliteracy Award in 5th and 8th grades, as well as the L.A. Unified and California Seal of Biliteracy in 12th grade.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS AND ELIGIBILITY

All students living within and outside of LAUSD boundaries are eligible to apply. Students residing outside of LAUSD boundaries must obtain an Incoming Inter-District Permit upon accepting a placement. The link to apply for an Inter-District permit can be found on the https://Apply.LAUSD.net website.

LANGUAGE DESIGNATIONS: English Learner (EL), English Only (EO), Initial Fluent English Proficient (IFEP), Reclassified Fluent English Proficient (RFEP)

Dual Language Two-Way Immersion Program (Formerly Dual Language): Classroom Composition

The Dual Language Education Program is designed to provide students the opportunity to receive grade-level standards-based content in English and in a language other than English (target language). This program is designed for both English Learners (ELs) as well as English Speakers (EO, IFEP, and RFEP).

  • Grades TK, K, and 1 —English Learners who speak the target language of the program and English speaking students (EO, IFEP, RFEP) can enter the program at TK-1.
  • Grade 2 -12 — English Learners who speak the target language of the program can enter the program at any grade level. (This will be determined at the school site and will also be a contingency to their assignment).
    English Speakers (EO, IFEP, and RFEP) may enter if their target language performance is on par with peers who are already in the program. To determine eligibility, a target language assessment will be administered to students in grades 2 and beyond who have not previously participated in a Dual Language Education Program to determine eligibility.
  • By the application deadline, if there are fewer than 50 percent of English Learners or English Speakers to create a balanced classroom composition, the ratio of assignment will be composed of up to 2/3 from either language group.

50%

English Learners Who Speak the Program’s Target Language

50%

English Speakers

Dual Language One-Way Immersion Program (Formerly Maintenance Bilingual): Classroom Composition

The Dual Language One-Way Immersion Program is designed to provide English Learners the opportunity to receive grade-level standards-based content in English and in a language other than English (target language).

  • Grades TK, K, and 1 — English Learners who speak the target language of the program are eligible to participate.
  • Grade 2-12 — English Learners who speak the target language of the program are eligible to participate. (This will be determined at the school site and will also be a contingency to their assignment).

English Speakers (EO, IFEP, and RFEP) may enter, on a case by case basis if their target language performance is on par with students who are already in the program. (This will be determined at the school site and will be a contingency of the applicant’s assignment.) This group cannot exceed 20% of enrollment. After offers are made and before the parent accepts placement, the parent must contact the school to make arrangements to see if the applicant meets target language proficiency requirements.

80-100%

English Learners

0-20%

English Speakers

World Language Immersion Program (Formerly Foreign Language Immersion): Classroom Composition

The World Language Immersion Program is designed to provide students the opportunity to receive grade-level standardsbased content in English and in a language other than English (target language). Although the World Language Immersion Program is designed for English Speakers (EO/IFEP/RFEP), English Learners with higher level English proficiency may participate on a case-by-case basis.

  • Grades TK, K, and 1 — English Speakers (EO, IFEP, RFEP) can enter at grade levels TK, K, and 1.
  • Grades 2-12 — English Speakers (EO, IFEP, RFEP) in grades 2-12 can apply if their target language performance is on par with students who are already in the program. (This will be determined at the school site and will also be a contingency to the applicant’s assignment).
  • A target language assessment may be administered to students in grades 2 and beyond who have not participated in a Dual Language Education Program to determine eligibility.

80-100%

English Speakers

0-20%

English Learners

PRIORITIES FOR ATTENDANCE

Selection preferences for applicants will be applied in the following order:

  1. Siblings who live within the school's attendance boundary
  2. Students who live within the school's attendance boundary
  3. Siblings residing within L.A. Unified boundaries
  4. Students residing within L.A. Unified boundaries
  5. Siblings requiring an Inter-District Permit
  6. Students requiring an Inter-District Permit

SELECTION PROCESS

If there are more qualified applicants than spaces available at the school, a random, unbiased selection process will be conducted. Siblings of current students have priority for attendance so long as resident students are not displaced. There is no priority point accrual process for Dual Language Education Programs. Priority points are used by the Magnet Program only.

If there are more applicants than spaces available for a given grade, students will be placed on a wait list.

  • The wait list number is not disclosed.
  • Students will remain on the wait list for their first choice with an on-time application even if offered a seat at another program with a late application.
  • Schools will notify parents if a space becomes available. No further action is necessary for students on the waiting list.

ENROLLMENT CRITERIA

  • Language Classification
    For all programs, a student’s probable language classification will be determined by a series of questions on the application, similar to that of the Home Language Survey, until the English Language Proficiency Assessment for California (ELPAC) test is administered.
  • Students Requiring Inter-District Permit
    Once placement has been offered, parents who reside outside the L.A. Unified boundaries must complete the Inter-District Permit Process to finalize enrollment at the assigned school. The link to the Inter-District Permit process can be found on the https://Apply.LAUSD.net website.
  • English Speakers (EO, IFEP, RFEP) in grades 2-12
    Schools will contact parents of English Speakers in grades 2 – 12 who have not previously participated in a Dual Language Education Program to determine eligibility. A target language assessment will be administered prior to offering placement.
  • English Learners (ELs) in grades 2-12
    Schools will contact parents of English Learners in grades 2-12 who have not previously participated in a Dual Language Education Program. ELs of the same target language of the program to which they are applying can enter at any time.

GENERAL APPLICATION GUIDELINES

  • TRANSPORTATION IS NOT PROVIDED FOR DUAL LANGUAGE EDUCATION PROGRAMS. Students with disabilities enrolling in a Dual Language Education Program will have access to transportation if the student’s IEP requires transportation.
  • DO NOT SUBMIT A NEW APPLICATION if your child is currently enrolled in a Dual Language Education Program and wishes to continue at the same school. Applicants currently enrolled in a Dual Language Education Program who apply and are selected for another program school will automatically be dropped from their current program whether they accept or decline.
  • Each program’s openings are determined by language classification and by available space.
  • Students placed on a waiting list may be contacted regarding an opening up through the first month of school.
  • Siblings of students who have left the school, have culminated, or will culminate this school year, do not have sibling priority.
  • If a twin is selected, the other twin is placed consecutively in the selection process.
  • Before making your school selection, please call the school to obtain information regarding the school’s orientation meeting, tours, uniform requirements, and other pertinent information.
  • The applicant agrees to abide by the uniform policy or dress code set by the program selected and hereby waives any right to opt out.
  • Pages 44-47 contain basic information about Dual Language Education Programs to assist you in making a selection for your child. Although you have the option to select up to three different Dual Language Education Programs, with the on-time application, it is not mandatory to do so.
  • Applicants who wish to apply to a Dual Language Education Program after the Friday, November 16, 2018 deadline may submit a late paper or online application at https://GoTo.LAUSD.net website. The late application will only allow for a single choice and will open Thursday, February 1, 2019. Available seats for late applicants will be open after all of the students on the waiting list have been offered placement at the selected school site. Each program’s openings are determined by language classification and by available space. Filling out a late application does not guarantee student placement.
  • If selected, parent/guardian may accept or decline online or by calling the school by the deadline on the selection letter. If a response is not received by the deadline, it is considered a decline.
  • Dual Language Education Programs do not accrue priority points.

KINDERGARTEN AND FIRST GRADE APPLICANTS

Pursuant to California Education Code Sections 46300, 48000 and 48010, Senate Bill 1381, students entering Kindergarten should be age 5 by September 1st, and students entering first grade should be age 6 by September 1st. Students that do not meet the age requirements are not eligible to apply or enroll in Dual Language Education Programs. Students must meet the age eligibility requirement regardless of current school year grade placement. All grade placement decisions are made by the L.A. Unified Administration at the school of enrollment.

Prior to admission of a child into a Dual Language Education Program, the parent/guardian shall present proof that the child is of the minimum age for enrollment as required by law. Falsification of information will result in the applicant’s removal from the program. It is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian to complete the application correctly. On-time applications cannot be edited after Friday, November 16, 2018, the close of the application period.

TRANSITIONAL KINDERGARTEN

Some Dual Language Education Program schools offer Transitional Kindergarten (TK) Please contact the school for age requirements and other information.

TRANSPORTATION GUIDELINES

BEFORE MAKING YOUR SELECTION PLEASE NOTE THAT TRANSPORTATION IS NOT PROVIDED FOR DUAL LANGUAGE EDUCATION PROGRAMS.
Exceptions:
  • Students with disabilities enrolling in a Dual Language Education Program will have access to transportation if the student’s IEP requires transportation.
  • Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), foster youth in out-of-home care, as defined, and youth experiencing homelessness have the right to receive transportation to and from their school of origin. Please contact Student Support Programs at (213) 241-3840 for more information and/or assistance.

CONTACT US

PLEASE CONTACT THE DUAL LANGUAGE EDUCATION PROGRAM OFFICE IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING PROGRAMS MENTIONED IN THIS SECTION AT (213) 241-2550.