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Twin Rivers Unified School District

Twin Rivers Unified School District

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Twin Rivers currently offers Spanish-English Dual Language Immersion programs for elementary and middle school students in Kindergarten - 8th grade.

Why Choose Dual Language Immersion? 

Why Choose Dual Language Immersion? 

Benefits of dual languages are:
  • Higher self-esteem and self confidence
  • Increased cognitive stimulation
  • Increased problem-solving skills and creativity  
  • Improved tests scores and a higher graduation rate 
  • Fewer disciplinary referrals  
  • Higher levels of engagement 
  • Appreciation for diversity
Schools with Dual Language Immersion 

Schools with Dual Language Immersion 

Las Palmas Elementary School (916) 566-2700
Madison Elementary School (916) 566-1900
Middle Schools 
Martin Luther King Jr. Technology Academy (916) 566-3490

What is Dual Language Immersion?

A dual language immersion program has goals of full bilingualism and biliteracy in English and a target (non-English) language. The program enrolls native English speakers and native speakers of the target language. For the program to be considered a dual (or two-way) immersion program, a minimum of 33% of each linguistic group would have to be represented in each classroom. If there is less than 33% of one of the linguistic groups, the program would be considered to be a one-way immersion program. In both dual and one-way immersion programs, the two groups of students are integrated for all or most of the instruction. The instruction is given in one language; the teacher does not switch between languages during lessons.
Dual language immersion programs provide instruction in language arts, math, and other academic content areas (such as science, social studies, arts, etc.) over the course of the program. The target language is used for at least 50% and up to 90% of the instructional time and English is used a minimum of 10% and up to 50% of the instructional time in kindergarten through fifth grade (K-5). In programs that are 50% in English and 50% in the target language in grades K-5, the subjects taught in each language are typically consistent throughout the grade levels. In programs that start out with greater than 50% of the time in the target language (such as 90% in the target language and 10% in English) and decrease the amount of target language instruction in each subsequent grade level until instruction is 50% in the target language and in English, subjects that are initially taught in the target language may shift to being taught in English as the percentage of time in English instruction increases. Secondary (grades 6-12) programs offer up to three classes per semester in the target language.
School districts throughout California and the United States offer dual language immersion programs in many languages, including Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Armenian, German, French, and Vietnamese. Dual language immersion programs strive to promote bilingualism, biliteracy, grade-level academic achievement, and positive cross-cultural attitudes and behaviors for all students.

Who can apply for the Elementary School DLI program?

All students from throughout the district entering kindergarten may apply.
To apply:
  • Register your kindergarten student at your school of attendance in the district using the Twin Rivers Online Enrollment process
  • Submit a completed DLI Program Application by contacting the DLI site of choice.
  • The school will contact you to schedule your child for a language assessment, if applying after Kindergarten.

Who can apply for the Middle School DLI program?

  • Students who have been enrolled in an elementary DLI program from Kindergarten to grade 6 are eligible to enroll.
  • Additionally, Spanish-speaking students who are newcomers to the US education system (3 years or less) with mid to strong literacy skills in Spanish are welcome to join.
  • DLI students who formerly attended Madison Elementary' s DLI program will be provided with transportation from Madison Elementary to Martin Luther King Jr. Technology Academy.

How can I learn more?

Parents who are interested in learning about the Dual Language Immersion Program are encouraged to attend parent information meetings. You'll hear from parents of current DLI students and meet teachers and students participating in the program.
Dates: To be determined

Parent Resources

DLI Brochure Elementary
(English) (Spanish)

DLI Brochure Middle School
(English) (Spanish)

DLI Fact Sheet



Coordinator, Curriculum & Instruction
(916) 566-1600 ext.34460

Placement Contact:

EL Coordinator 
(916) 566-1600 ext. 33423
Administrative Clerk Senior - Bilingual
(916) 566-1600 ext. 33420