Dual Language Immersion
2020 - 2021 Prospective DLI Parent Information Meetings
Benteen: Tuesday, February 12th 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. @Benteen Elementary
North Atlanta Cluster DLI Schools: Wednesday, February 26th 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. @Sutton Northside Campus
2020 - 2021 Kindergarten DLI Application Dates
Application Window begins during Kindergarten Round Up: March 9th
All DLI Applications must be submitted by May 29th*
(*Garden Hills Elementary will have an Early Decision Window from March 9th - 11th. All DLI applications for Garden Hills are due no later than March 11th and parents will be notified of results via email on March 12th.)
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 June 8th.2020 - 2021 Dual Language Immersion Program Application ProcessDLI 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:
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 2020 - 2021NOTE: Due to changes in the Student Enrollement process due to COVID 10, the DLI program application process has transtioned to an online process. The applications below are now embedded into the online APS Student Enrollment Form. Click here to access information on the student registration and enrollment process: https://www.atlantapublicschools.us/Page/49656English Version: DLI Application K EnglishSpanish Version: DLI Application K SpanishNOTE: Garden Hills Elementary will have a structured application process to better meet the needs of its community.Early Decision Window: March 9th - March 11thRegular Decision Window: March 12th - May 29thNative 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 your child is not currently at one of the schools listed below and you would like your child to be considered for entry into the DLI program in 1st - 5th grade for 2020 - 2021, please download the application below. Completed applications should be submitted directly to the school.Dual Language Immersion Application for 2020 - 2021 (Grade levels other than Kindergarten)NOTE: Due to changes in the Student Enrollement process due to COVID 10, the DLI program application process has transtioned to an online process. The applications below are now embedded into the online APS Student Enrollment Form. Click here to access information on the student registration and enrollment process: https://www.atlantapublicschools.us/Page/49656
- Native speakers of the target language.
- 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.)
- Siblings of students already in the APS DLI program. Twins will be treated as one applicant in a lottery process.
Dual Language Immersion Program Schools for 2020 - 2021Maynard 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 9th - 27th.)
200 Casanova Street
Atlanta, GA 30315
North Atlanta Cluster:
Bolton Academy (K - 4th)
2268 Adams Drive
Atlanta, Georgia 30318
404-802-8350E Rivers ES (K - 5th)
8 Peachtree Battle Ave
Atlanta, Georgia 30305404-802-7050
Garden Hills ES (Pre-K - 5th)
285 Sheridan Dr NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30305404-802-7800Morris Brandon ES (K - 4th)
2741 Howell Mill Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30327404-802-7250
Sarah Smith ES (K - 4th)
370 Old Ivy Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30342
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/apsdliAPS 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.Question:Do I have to reside in the zone for one of the schools listed above for my child to attend this program?Answer: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.Question:How long is the commitment to the program?Answer: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.For more information about Dual Language Immersion, contactDr. Margaret McKenzieDirector, Office of ESOL & World LanguagesMaria DunbarTeacher Support, Office of ESOL & World LanguagesMultilingualism Matters!