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    2021 - 2022 Kindergarten DLI Application Dates

    Application Window begins during Kindergarten Round Up: Monday, March 15, 2021

    All DLI Applications must be submitted by Tuesday, June 1st

    (Garden Hills Early Decision March 15th - 17th)



    The schools listed below provide a Spanish Dual Language Immersion program for students zoned to their schools and for the grade levels listed. Students begin in Kindergarten and continue each year. The application does not guarantee your child a spot. Should applications exceed the number of available slots, the school will determine placement via a lottery process conducted at the local school during the first week of June. Please contact your child's school for more information. School principals will notify parents of lottery results by week of Nune 7th).


    2021 - 2022 Dual Language Immersion Program Application Process
    DLI Program Admission is outlined in APS Board Policy JBC-R (4). Registering adults should complete the DLI application below and return the Dual Language Immersion application with the completed APS Student Enrollment form to their child's school prior to the deadline.

    Should interest in the DLI program exceed the number of available slots, parents will be notified and an internal lottery process conducted. After the first week of school, admission to fill any remaining seats will be allocated based on the waitlist results of the lottery. Priority admission is given to students zoned for the school and in the following order:

    1. Native speakers of the target language.
    2. Current DLI program students from another DLI program school with the same target language (A DLI program school is one in which 50% or more of daily instruction is provided in the target language by the primary classroom teacher.)
    3. Siblings of students already in the APS DLI program. Twins will be treated as one applicant in a lottery process.
    The APS DLI program only serves students who reside within the school's attendance zone unless the school is a designated Choice School.
    Kindergarten Dual Language Immersion Application for 2021 - 2022
    The Student Enrollment and DLI program applications have transtioned to an online process. The applications below are now embedded into the online APS Student Enrollment Form and can be completed electronically.
    Click here to access information on the Kindergarten student registration and enrollment process: https://www.atlantapublicschools.us/Page/34745  
    Should you like to access a paper version of the DLI application, click below:
    NOTE: Garden Hills Elementary will have a structured application process to better meet the needs of its community.
    Early Decision Window: March 15th - 17th (Early Decsion Date: March 19th)
    Regular Decision Window: March 15th - June 1st
    Native English speakers may only begin the DLI program in Kindergarten or 1st grade unless the student has prior participation in a Spanish Dual Language Immersion program or has sufficient proficiency in Spanish to meet the proficiency targets for that grade level. Native Spanish speakers who are new to the country may begin the DLI program at any grade level. Native/Heritage Spanish speakers who begin in grades 2nd or higher and who have been schooled only in English, will need to complete a Spanish language assessment to ensure sufficient proficiency to meet the proficiency targets for that grade level.
    If you will be enrolling your child at one of the schools below for next year and you and you would like your child to be considered for entry into the DLI program in 1st - 5th grade for 2021 - 2022, please download the application below. Completed applications should be submitted directly to the school. NOTE: Students who are not native Spanish speakers or those with no prior Spanish immpersion experience are unable to enroll in DLI beyond the 2nd semester of 1st grade.
    Dual Language Immersion Application for 2021 - 2022 (Grade levels 1st - 5th)
    Click here to access information on the student registration and enrollment process: https://www.atlantapublicschools.us/Page/49656
    Should you like to access a paper version of the DLI application, click below:


    Dual Language Immersion Program Schools for 2021 - 2022


    Maynard Jackson Cluster:
    Benteen will have slots available through the School Choice process; therefore, parents who live outside of the Benteen attendance can submit an application for the Dual Language Immersion Program, if they are selected for Benteen via the School Choice process! (School Choice Application Window is March ______)


    Benteen Elementary (Pre-K -3rd)

    200 Casanova Street

    Atlanta, GA 30315






    North Atlanta Cluster:    


    Bolton Academy (K - 5th)

    2268 Adams Drive

    Atlanta, Georgia 30318


    E Rivers ES (K - 5th)

    8 Peachtree Battle Ave

    Atlanta, Georgia 30305


    Garden Hills ES (Pre-K - 5th)  

    285 Sheridan Dr NE

    Atlanta, Georgia 30305


    2741 Howell Mill Road

    Atlanta, Georgia 30327




     Sarah Smith ES (K - 5th)

     370 Old Ivy Road

     Atlanta, Georgia 30342



    Sutton Middle School (6th)

    4360 Powers Ferry Road NW

    Atlanta, Georgia 30327



    The Dual Language Immersion Program initially began in APS during the 2013‐2014 school year and has grown each year. DLI elementary schools add a grade level each year until the school DLI program spans all grade levels, Kindergarten through 5th grade. The APS Dual Language Immersion Program is a two teacher, 50/50 model in which students spend half of the day learning in English and the other half of the day in Spanish. As the DLI program expands, it will continue through the 12th grade in the North Atlanta Cluster (Sutton Middle School, North Atlanta High School) and the Jackson Cluster (ML King Middle School, Maynard Jackson High School).



    Why Dual Language Immersion?

    Research has proven that world language study boosts the brain. Results indicate that bilingualism is reliably associated with several cognitive outcomes, including increased attentional control, working memory, meta‐linguistic awareness, and abstract and symbolic representation skills. (Adesope, Lavin, Thompson, Ungerleider, 2010).

    Dual Language Immersion programs are the most effective types of learning for nurturing bilingual/biliterate students.  The APS Dual Language Immersion program helps students to develop linguistic competence in both languages at the same time (listening, speaking, reading, and writing). Studying in two languages allows students to transfer knowledge and skills acquired in one language to the other.  They are able to feel comfortable and successful in one language while gradually building the second language.

    By continuing to learn and develop using two languages, children’s educational and cognitive developments are enhanced.  Learning in two languages provides students with access to two groups of literature, an opening to diverse traditions, ideas, and ways of thinking which can lead to open mindedness, flexibility, and an ability to think in a different way.

    Click here to access the handout "What Parents Need to Know about DLI in APS."
    For more information about the APS Dual Language Immersion program, visit the APS DLI Support site at http://tinyurl.com/apsdli


    APS is committed to 

    o   Ensuring Highly Qualified Certified teachers. Spanish partner teachers are native Spanish speakers with high levels of language. English partner teachers are also highly qualified and certified. In schools with two-way programs the English partner teacher also holds the ESOL Endorsement or ESOL certification.

    o   Ensuring high quality instructional materials in Spanish and English for these classrooms. With a focus on the use of authentic Spanish language and not just translated text.

    o   Ensuring that all students receive a curriculum in English and in Spanish that is based upon the Georgia Standards of Excellence, as decided by the State of Georgia.


    Do I have to reside in the zone for one of the schools listed above for my child to attend this program?
    Yes.  However, if the school has been designated as a choice school, there may be some limited spaces for students who do not reside in the school attendance zone. Parents would need to complete the application for school of choice to be selected for the school and then complete the Dual Language Immersion application. 
    How long is the commitment to the program?
    Parents/guardians are asked to commit to the program at the elementary school until their child completes 5th grade. APS plans to provide Dual Language Immersion Program at the feeder middle and high schools for the schools listed above. Upon completion of the Dual Language Immersion program in 12th grade, students may be eligible for the Georgia Seal of Biliteracy should they demonstrate the requisite scores in Spanish on the Advanced Placement or IB exam.
    For more information about Dual Language Immersion, contact
    Dr. Margaret McKenzie
    Director, Office of ESOL & World Languages
    Melissa Radu
    Teacher Support, Office of ESOL & World Languages
    Maria Dunbar
    Teacher Support, Office of ESOL & World Languages


    Multilingualism Matters!