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College Preparatory Dual Immersion Programs

NLMUSD’s College Preparatory Dual Immersion Programs

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Dual Immersion Schools:

Dolland Elementary

15021 Bloomfield Ave, Norwalk, CA 90650

Phone: (562) 921-9934

https://www.dollandes.org/

Edmondson Elementary

15121 Grayland Ave, Norwalk, CA 90650

Phone: (562) 864-9501

https://www.edmondsonelementary.org/

Los Alisos MIddle School

14800 Jersey Ave, Norwalk, CA 90650

Phone: (562) 868-0865

https://www.losalisosmiddle.org/

 

Overview

Two-way English/Spanish Immersion Program - This program gives native English and Spanish - speaking children the opportunity to become bilingual, bi-literate, and bi-cultural by the end of the 8th grade by learning in English and Spanish. Two-Way Bilingual Immersion Education Programs are designed to serve speakers of other languages and English speakers within the same classroom. The students are purposely mixed in the same educational environment to provide communicative and academic language development through an interactive and cross-cultural setting. Program participation begins in Kindergarten and continues through eighth grade.

Each school is considered a college preparatory school due to their focus on Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) schoolwide. Additionally, participation in an immersion program aligns with the state goal of increasing bilingualism and biliteracy so students are ready to compete in a Global California. Dual immersion students are on track to receive the California State Seal of Biliteracy, a prestigious award that shows demonstration of skills in two languages. Participation in immersion programs, AVID, and qualifying for the Seal of Biliteracy prepare students for success in college and beyond.

 

Program Goals

Students will develop high levels of proficiency in their first language and in a second language

Academic performance for all students will be at or above grade level within 3 to 5 years of enrollment.

All students will demonstrate positive cross-cultural attitudes and behaviors

 

Program Mission and Vision

 

Mission

Vision

We believe that through bilingualism and biliteracy the students in NLMUSD’s cohesive dual immersion program will develop high-levels of multicultural understanding and achieve academic excellence .

We believe that through bilingualism and biliteracy the students in NLMUSD’s cohesive dual immersion program will develop high-levels of multicultural understanding and achieve academic excellence .

 

Participants

Enrollment for these programs is open to both native Spanish  and native English speakers who desire to learn a second language. Enrollment is based on a target balance of 50% English speaking students and 50% Spanish speaking students that provides both groups with positive language models throughout their instruction.

Benefits

  •       All of the students develop proficiency in both languages.
  •       The English Language Learner (ELL) students learns through his or her native language as well as through English.
  •       Native English speakers acquire a second language as they are taught academic content in an immersion environment.
  •       All students add another language and culture.
  •       Enhancement of the students' self-esteem and allows for cross-cultural understanding.

Program Goals

  •       To develop high levels of communicative and academic second language proficiency
  •       To maintain and develop primary language skills
  •       To develop superior progress in all curricular areas
  •       To develop understanding, positive attitudes and acceptance of oneself as well as the diversity of the languages and cultures represented in the community

Program Design

  •       Kindergarten through 8th grade instructional program with certified bilingual teachers
  •       Challenging curriculum in both languages
  •       Balanced language literacy skills
  •       Second language literacy skills
  •       Academic content instruction
  •       Peer interaction

Instructional Design

The instructional approaches for Dual Language Immersion Programs follow sound principles underlying bilingual and foreign language teaching methods. Learning is provided in an environment that allows students to engage in a meaningful environment and interact with one another. The needs of each language group includes: primary language development, second language acquisition, development of cognitive language and literacy skills, and the development of a positive self-image and cross-cultural understanding.

The curriculum in the program utilizes communication-based instruction, balanced literacy strategies and interactive participation.

Initially all students learn to read and write in Spanish. English literacy skills are added as students progress through the grade levels.

 

Grades and Language of Instruction

Kindergarten

90% Spanish, 10% English

First Grade  

80% Spanish, 20% English

Second Grade

70% Spanish, 30% English

Third Grade

60 % Spanish, 40% English

Fourth Grade

50% Spanish, 50% English

Fifth Grade

50% Spanish, 50% English

Sixth – Eighth Grade

2 classes in Spanish, Daily

High School Biliteracy Path

– Coming soon!

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Participating Schools

K-5th Dolland and Edmondson Elementary Schools

6-8th Los Alisos Middle School  

Recognition

Students who participate in the Dual Immersion Program are eligible to receive recognition for their biliteracy skills at various times throughout their academic career. In 5th and 8th grade students may apply for the NLMUSD Pathway to Biliteracy Award. In 12th grade students may apply for the California State Seal of Biliteracy or the NLMUSD Bilingual Competency Award (Coming soon!).

Enrollment, Permits, and Waiting Lists

Enrollment in the Dual Immersion Program is handled through the district open enrollment process. Families will need to contact the schools to notify them of their interest in enrolling in the program during the enrollment process or to be placed on the waiting list.

Families living within the boundaries of the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District who are wishing to enroll their students in the program who live out of the school residence area will need to request an Intra-District permit from the Student and Family Services Office.

Families living outside the boundaries of the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District who are wishing to enroll their students in the program will need to request an Inter-District permit from the Student and Family Services Office.

Each Dual Immersion School maintains its own waiting list for the program. Enrollment is based on a target balance of 50% English speaking students and 50% Spanish speaking students that provides both groups with positive language models throughout their instruction.

 
  1. Students will be enrolled regardless of language background through an Open Enrollment process. All enrollment forms must be completed in order to be placed on the waiting list.
  2. If a class is filled, a waiting list will be implemented and students will be called according to the list in order of registration.
  3. Within the first week of start of school, any withdrawals or no-shows from the program will be replaced with students on the waiting list in order.
  4. Students will be required take an assessment in both languages to determine proficiency levels at the beginning of the school year.
  5. Students may be considered for the program after Kindergarten provided they can demonstrate language skills and knowledge necessary to be successful in the program.

Enrollment Process

School of residence

District resident - NOT school of residence

Out of district residents

  1. Complete all the registration forms and submit accompanying documents (proof of residence, birth certificate, immunization records,etc), including the Dual Immersion Interest form to the school to be added to the waiting list.
  1. Speak to principal or office staff to request an intra-district permit.
  2. Request the principal sign to release you from your school of residence.
  3. Deliver the signed permit to the dual immersion program school.
  4. Complete all the registration forms and submit accompanying documents (proof of residence, birth certificate, immunization records,etc), including the Dual Immersion Interest form to the school to be added to the waiting list.
  1. Request and receive approval  for an an Out of District permit from your home district.
  2. Submit your permit to Student and Family Services (12820 S. Pioneer Bld, Norwalk, CA 90650) and apply for a Norwalk-La Mirada Inter-district permit.
  3. The district will contact you when your inter-district permit is approved.
  4. Deliver the signed permit to the dual immersion program school and fill -out all the school registration forms and submit accompanying documents (proof of residence, birth certificate, immunization records,etc), including the Dual Immersion Interest form to the school to be added to the waiting list..