Dual Language Education refers to programs that provide grade-level content and literacy instruction in two languages, in English and the target language. Students develop and strengthen their cognitive, academic, and sociocultural competence in an environment where cultural and linguistic assets are recognized. L.A. Unified is proud to offer wide-ranging Dual Language Education programs that provide 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. Currently, there are more than 200 Dual Language Education programs in grades TK-12 available in the following program models: Two-Way Immersion, One-Way Immersion, and World Language Immersion. The programs are offered in Spanish, Korean, Mandarin, French, Armenian, Arabic, and Japanese. 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 Dual Language Education school list 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 school using the telephone number listed there.
What are the goals of the instructional program?
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 TK to 12th grade, they reach advanced levels of academic and language proficiency in both languages and gain sociocultural understanding and competence. The Pathway to Biliteracy begins in K/1st grades. Students are recognized in Kindergarten for their commitment to bilingualism, and in first grade for their commitment to biliteracy. The Pathway to Biliteracy Award is given to students in 5/6 and 8th grades. The L.A. Unified and California Department of Education State Seal of Biliteracy are awarded to students in 12th grade.
Who is eligible?
What types of Dual Language Education Programs are available and who is eligible?
LANGUAGE DESIGNATIONS: English Learner (EL), English Only (EO), Initial Fluent English Proficient (IFEP), Reclassified Fluent English Proficient (RFEP)
Dual Language Two-Way Immersion Program: 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 (ELs) who speak the target language of the program and English Speakers (EO, IFEP, RFEP) are eligible to participate.
Grades 2 -12 — English Learners (ELs) who speak the target language of the program are eligible to participate.
Grades 2 -12 — English Speakers (EO, IFEP, and RFEP) may enter the program 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 who have not previously participated in a Dual Language Education Program.
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.
English Learners Who Speak the
Program’s Target Language
Dual Language One-Way Immersion Program: 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 (ELs) who speak the target language of the program are eligible to participate.
Grades 2 -12 — English Learners (ELs) who speak the target language of the program are eligible to participate. *Target language verification may be required for students who are new to L.A. Unified.
English Learners Who Speak the
Program’s Target Language
World Language Immersion Program: Classroom Composition
The World Language Immersion 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).
Grades TK, K, and 1 — English Speakers (EO, IFEP, RFEP) are eligible to participate.
Grades 2-12 — English Speakers (EO, IFEP, RFEP) may enter the program if their target language performance is on par with students who are already in the program. To determine eligibility, a target language assessment will be administered to students who have not previously participated in a Dual Language Education Program.
How are students selected?
Selection preferences for applicants will be applied in the following order:
Siblings living within the school’s attendance boundary
Students living within the school’s attendance boundary
Siblings living within L.A. Unified boundaries
Students residing within L.A. Unified boundaries
Siblings requiring an Inter-District Permit
Students requiring an Inter-District Permit
Dual Language Education Programs Information
If there are more qualified applicants than spaces available at the school, a random, unbiased selection process will be conducted. Siblings of current students in the dual language program have priority for attendance. There is no priority point accrual process for Dual Language Education programs. If there are more applicants than spaces available for a given grade, students will be placed on a waiting list.
The waiting list number is not disclosed.
Students will remain on the waiting 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 of students who applied with an on-time or with a late application who are on the wait list, when a space becomes available. No further action is necessary for parents of students on the on-time or late waiting list.
Reseda Charter High School offers an International Center for Dual Language (Newcomer) Program for Spanish speaking students. Student selection, enrollment and placement must be conducted in accordance with State and District legal requirements established for charter schools. If a student is selected for Reseda Charter High School and meets the Dual Language Program eligibility criteria, this student must be accommodated in the International Center for Dual Language program. To apply for Reseda Charter HS or learn more about Affiliated Charter enrollment procedures, please refer to the Affiliated Charter Schools section.
Language Classification A student's official language classification is determined at the school following enrollment.
Students Requiring Inter-District Permit Once placement has been offered, applicants 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 or you can call the Permits Support Line at (213) 202-7547.
Some Dual Language Education Program schools offer Transitional Kindergarten (TK). Please contact the school for age requirements and additional information.
Some Dual Language Education program schools offer Expanded Transitional Kindergarten (ETK). Please contact the Early Childhood Education Division at (213)241-0415 for application information. ETK programs are not part of the Choices application process.
Is there transportation?
Before making your selection, please note that 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.
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.
Who can I contact for more information?
Please contact the Choices Support Line at (213) 241-4177 if you have questions about Dual Language Education Programs.
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