Dual Language Immersion
For information about SY2024 DLI Study Abroad opportunities for 5th and 8th grade DLI students, click here.
2024 - 2025 Kindergarten DLI Application Dates
Application Window begins in March. Dates will be announced soon!
All DLI Applications for students zoned to a DLI school must be submitted by Monday, June 3, 2024 for inclusion in the DLI lottery.
(Benteen and Garden Hills Early Decision Applications in March (dates TBD))
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. Parents will be notified of lottery results via and email from the lottery portal.2024 - 2025 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.Students who enroll at a DLI program school via the school choice process do not participate in the DLI Lottery in June. A separate lottery process is held in late June once the lottery for students who reside within the attendance zone is completed.Kindergarten Dual Language Immersion Application for 2024 - 2025The Student Enrollment and DLI program applications have transitioned to online processes. The DLI Lottery is a centralized process.The APS DLI Kindergarten Program application is only available online and is accessed via the APS Online Registration Form.Click here to access information on the APS Kindergarten student registration and enrollment process: https://www.atlantapublicschools.us/Page/34745NOTE: Benteen Elementary and Garden Hills Elementary have a structured application process to better meet the needs of their community.Early Decision Window: March 13th - 15th (Early Decision Date: March 17th)Regular Decision Window: March 13th - June 1stNative 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.
- Native speakers of the partner 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 currently in the APS DLI program. Twins will be treated as one applicant in a lottery process.
Virtual Information Session for DLI Kindergarten Prospective Parents
Information coming soon!First Grade - Dual Language Immersion Application for 2023 - 2025(Application for 2024-2025 will be released in March)This application is part of the DLI program admission process and does not guarantee selection into the program. This application allows APS DLI program schools to collect information from families interested in a 1st grade DLI program slot should one become available in the APS DLI program school in which the student is already enrolled. Per APS Board Regulation, priority admission is given to students who are native Spanish speakers, students currently in a Spanish DLI program, and to siblings of students already in the DLI program. The APS DLI program only serves students who reside within the school’s attendance zone unless the school is designated a Choice School. This application is only considered complete once the student is enrolled at the DLI program school.Click here to access the online APS First Grade DLI application: http://tinyAPS.com/?DLIFirstGrade2024Second Grade and Up - Dual Language Immersion Application for 2023 - 2024(Application for 2024-2025 will be released in March)This application is part of the DLI program admission process and does not guarantee selection into the program. This application allows APS DLI program schools to collect information from families interested in 2nd grade or higher in the DLI program at the APS DLI program school in which the student is already enrolled. Students must have demonstrated language proficiency in the partner language. For example,
The district may administer a Spanish language screener to confirm language proficiency to support DLI program entry and to ensure student success in the program. The APS DLI program only serves students who reside within the school’s attendance zone unless the school is designated a Choice School. This application is only considered complete once the student is enrolled at the DLI program school and should be submitted to the school with the APS Student Enrollment Application.Click here to access the APS DLI program application for 2nd grade and up: 2nd Grade and Up DLI Program Application
- The student is a native speaker of the DLI program partner language.
- The student is transferring from another DLI program of the same partner language.
Dual Language Immersion Program Schools for 2024 - 2025
Maynard Jackson Cluster:
200 Casanova Street
Atlanta, GA 30315
ML King Middle School (6th)
545 Hill Street SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
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
Morris Brandon ES (K - 5th)
2741 Howell Mill Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30327
Sarah Smith ES (K - 5th)
370 Old Ivy Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30342
Sutton Middle School (6th - 8th)
4360 Powers Ferry Road NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30327
4111 Northside Parkway 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 and the Jackson Cluster.
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. APS DLI Spanish partner teachers must demonstrate high levels of Spanish language proficiency in addition to meeting content area certification requirements. English partner teachers are also highly qualified and certified. In schools with two-way DLI programs, the English partner teacher also must hold the ESOL Endorsement or ESOL certification as the DLI program is the State-approved ESOL Delivery Model used for most of the English Learners in APS DLI program schools.o Ensuring high quality instructional materials and resources in Spanish and English for all DLI 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 and instruction focused on language development AND content achievement.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:At the elementary school level, parents/guardians are asked to commit to the program until their child completes 5th grade. The APS Dual Language Immersion Program continues at feeder middle and high schools and families will be requested to complete a DLI Intent Form as they transition to the secondary level. 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.
Can my child begin DLI at the secondary level without DLI elementary experience?
Per the APS DLI Program Admissions process as outlined in APS Board Policy JBC-R (4), a student may only begin in DLI beyond the 1st grade if ONE of the following conditions applies: 1) The student is transferring directly from a DLI Spanish program; 2) The student is a native Spanish speaker; 3) The student has sufficient Spanish proficiency as demonstrated by a district-administered proficiency assessment. APS Dual Language ImmersionFor more information about the APS Dual Language Immersion program, contactDr. Margaret McKenzieDirector, Multilingual Programs + ServicesGrethel PedroarenaDual Language Immersion CoordinatorMelissa RaduDual Language Immersion District Instructional CoachMultilingualism Matters!