• 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

  • Dual Language Immersion (DLI) Information

  • LCPS DLI Informational Video

  • 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.  

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

    DLI Info Nights

  • Enrollment Information

    LCPS uses a lottery for enrollment into kindergarten for this program. We will be holding family information nights regarding the Dual Language Immersion Program prior to the lottery opening.

  • LCPS Dual Language Immersion Brochure

    Dual Language Immersion Brochure

    DLI Info

Last Modified on January 10, 2023