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    2023 - 2024 Kindergarten DLI Application Dates

    Application Window begins during Kindergarten Round Up: Monday, March 13, 2023

    All DLI Applications for students zoned to a DLI school must be submitted by Thursday, June 1, 2023 for inclusion in the DLI lottery.

    (Garden Hills Early Decision Applications March 13th - 15th)



    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 the lottery results by the week of June 5th).


    2023 - 2024 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 currently 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.
     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 June after the lottery for students who reside within the attendance zone. 
    Kindergarten Dual Language Immersion Application for 2023 - 2024
    The Student Enrollment and DLI program applications have transitioned to an online process. The DLI application will be released during the Kindergarten Round Up on March 13th. 
    Click here to access information on the APS Kindergarten student registration and enrollment process: https://www.atlantapublicschools.us/Page/34745  
    NOTE: Garden Hills Elementary will have a structured application process to better meet the needs of its community.
    Early Decision Window: March 13th - 15th (Early Decision Date: March 17th)
    Regular Decision Window: March 13th - 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.
    Dual Language Immersion Application for 2022 - 2023 
    Click here to access information on the student registration and enrollment process: https://www.atlantapublicschools.us/Page/49656

    Dual Language Immersion Program Schools for 2023 - 2024

    Maynard Jackson Cluster:

    Benteen Elementary (Pre-K -5th)

    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



    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 - 7th)

    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. 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.


    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?
    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 Immersion

    For more information about the APS Dual Language Immersion program, contact
    Dr. Margaret McKenzie
    Director, Multilingual Programs + Services
    Melissa Radu
    Teacher Support, Dual Language Immersion
    Multilingualism Matters!