• Dual Language Immersion Program

  • In the Dual Language Immersion Program, students develop proficiency in Spanish and English through content-matter instruction. To support strong interest from the community and to achieve the core values and strategic initiatives of the division, LCPS plans to begin offering its first Dual Language Immersion program for elementary students at two schools starting in the 23-24SY.  The elementary schools selected are Potowmack and Sanders Corner.

  • Potowmack Elementary School
  • Sanders Corner Elementary School
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  • DLI Important Deadlines

    DLI KG Important Deadlines

    English/Spanish

    DLI 1st Grade Important Deadlines

    English/Spanish

  • Benefits of Bilingualism

    The Dual Language Immersion program provides the following benefits for students:

    • Enhances the development of bilingualism, biculturalism, and biliteracy at an early age. Students will graduate ready for college, career, and life in a globally competitive economy. 

    • Improves performance on tasks that call for divergent thinking, pattern recognition, critical thinking, creative thinking, and problem-solving.

    • Provides additional knowledge and understanding of one’s native language and personal identity. 

    • Develops greater understanding, appreciation, and respect for other languages and cultures.

  • Community Information Nights

    Interested in having your student be bilingual, biliterate, and bicultural?

    Sign up to attend a parent information meeting to learn more about the Dual Language Immersion Program at LCPS starting next school year in kindergarten.

    LCPS Community Information Nights

    Eventos de Información a la Comunidad

    DLI Community Information Events

    Dual Language Immersion Information Night Presentation

    English /Spanish

  • General Information

    General Information 

    24-25 DLI Schools

    • Potowmack ES - Arrival times 7:40-8:00 - Dismissal time begins @ 2:40
    • Sanders Corner ES – Arrival times 7:40-8:00 - Dismissal time begins @ 2:45

    Transportation

    • Transportation is not provided for students living outside the Dual Language Immersion (DLI) school’s attendance area.
    • Many students will come from areas adjacent to the DLI school and you may want to consider organizing a carpool as an option.
    • It is the responsibility of a family member to transport the child to and from school.

    School Choice

    • Parents interested in the Dual Language Immersion program from areas outside the boundaries of Potowmack E.S. and Sanders Corner E.S. will have the opportunity to choose one DLI school for the program.

    Siblings

    • Siblings of students currently enrolled in the Dual Language Immersion (DLI) program in LCPS will receive sibling status at the same school. Sibling status means that they will be given priority placement in this program as long as interest has been received in accordance with published DLI interest submission deadlines. 

    Multiples (Twins, Triplets, etc.)

    • In instances where twins, triplets, etc. show interest in the DLI program they will be treated as one student for the purpose of the lottery. If selected in the lottery they will be offered a commensurate number of seats.

  • LCPS DLI Informational Video

  • LCPS Dual Language Immersion Brochure

    Dual Language Immersion Brochure

    DLI Info

  • Watch the Parent Information Night Videos

  • What is Dual Language Immersion

    Dual Language Immersion provides both native English speakers and English learners with core academic instruction in two languages from kindergarten onward. The program provides students with the opportunity to learn to read, write, and communicate effectively in both languages while attaining high levels of academic achievement. The student's primary language continues to be strengthened and augmented while the student is immersed in a second language. Students have the opportunity to develop an understanding and an appreciation for other cultures, develop high self-esteem, and build lasting connections to the world around them. The program follows the district’s core curriculum and uses state-adopted materials and grade-level state standards. Lessons are delivered and taught using one language at a time.  

  • Who can participate in Dual Language Immersion?

    Participation in this program begins in kindergarten and students remain in the program through 5th grade in order to reach and maintain a strong level of proficiency in two languages. Both Spanish dominant and English dominant speakers are placed in the same classroom. Ideally, 50% of the students should be dominant speakers of Spanish, and the other 50%, dominant speakers of English. Bilingual students may also be included in the program. However, in any classroom configuration, dominant Spanish speakers should make up not less than 33% of the class, as they serve as strong models for the target language.



  • Luisa Quintero, Specialist (Elementary)

    PH:  (571) 252-1410

    FX:  (571) 252-1802

  • Contact Dual Language Immersion
Last Modified on February 15, 2024