DUAL IMMERSION (DI)
Dual Immersion Defined:
Education that combines students from two language groups for instruction has been in existence for nearly 40 years, and its popularity has grown. High-quality two-way immersion programs share certain features:
- Classes are taught by qualified and highly trained bilingual teachers.
- The program includes fairly equal numbers of two groups of students: native English speakers and native Spanish speakers.
- Dual Language Immersion is a unique educational program that builds student bilingualism and bi-literacy in English and in Spanish.
- Students continue to learn standards-based content while they become fluent linguistically and academically.
Our district is incorporating the 50/50 Dual Immersion model. In this model, 50% of instruction is in English and 50% is in Spanish. Curriculum and grade-level content standards are consistent with the elementary school programs of AUSD.
DI Mission Statement
Our mission at Antioch Unified School District Dual Language Program is that all students reach high levels of achievement in a rigorous academic program while providing the opportunity to learn in a bilingual, multicultural, and collaborative environment that develops character and the necessary skills to succeed in a diverse, global society.
DI Vision Statement
Antioch Unified School District Dual Language Program's vision is to support all students reach high levels of academic achievement and biliteracy in a safe and engaging learning environment that values multiculturalism while preparing students to be college and career ready in an increasingly competitive 21st-century global economy.
To provide students with opportunities to:
- Develop bilingualism, biliteracy, and multiculturalism:
- Bilingualism-The development of high levels of oral proficiency in the student’s first and second language.
- Bi-literacy- grade-level academic achievement in English and Spanish.
- Multiculturalism- Understand different cultures and participate in cross-cultural relationships and learning experiences that foster the development of positive self-esteem, cultural pride, and cultural sensitivity.
- Meet or exceed grade-level standards while acquiring proficiency in a second language.
- Be involved with their parents in their educational process.
- The development of high self-esteem.
Benefits of the Dual Immersion Program
- High academic achievement
- Cross-cultural relationships
- Competitive advantage for college and career opportunities
- Advances for college admission and scholarships
- Respect for self, family, school, and community
- Builds leadership and self-confidence
- Develops strong school and family partnerships
- Equips students with skills to be more successful in a global economy
Who can participate in DI?
- Transitional Kindergarten-Grade 1 students who speak English, Spanish or both.
- Spanish-speaking students can enter at a later grade level if they qualify through proficiency assessments.
- Currently, our program is Transitional Kindergarten-Grade 1 with every year adding a new grade level.
Where is DI offered?
Within the Fremont/ John Muir Elementary Attendance Area
Complete and return the kindergarten registration packet, original birth certificate, immunization records, and proof of residency (utility bill) to the school office.
Within Antioch Unified School District Attendance Area
Residents of Antioch Unified School District follow the AUSD registration process which begins in February and complete the district’s intra-district transfer requirements found at:
Outside Antioch Unified School District
Request an Inter-district Transfer from your district of residence. Once the form has been approved by your own district and AUSD, bring the approved form to the Antioch Unified School District Office. Complete and return the kindergarten packet, original birth certificate, and immunization records to Fremont/ John Muir Elementary School.
Parents who choose to enroll their child in the Dual Immersion program are committing to a period of five to seven years. (Transitional Kindergarten-Grade 5). Benefits are gained with consistency throughout several years.