An opportunity to become bilingual
Students in Kindergarten through eighth grade are immersed in a truly bilingual academic experience across all subject areas.
Instruction in kindergarten through fifth grade is conducted in both English and Spanish so that students have opportunities to learn concepts in both languages. All Dual Language classes are located at Wharton Elementary School.
In the middle school years, students continue their study of Spanish through novels and authentic literature. By high school, participating students are ready to enroll in high-level Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate (IB) world language classes designed to foster communicative language skills. Due to the intensive nature of the bilingual instruction, students must start the program in kindergarten. (See below for selection information.)
Raising achievement and building community
The goals of the Dual Language Immersion program are simple. Academically, we aim to increase student achievement in core academic areas and to develop bilingualism and biliteracy in Spanish and English. In a larger sense, the program helps students gain a better understanding of and respect for our multicultural world and the rich diversity right here in Lancaster. It’s all part of our commitment to improving intercultural relationships in our schools and across our community.
Kindergarten selection process
Enrollment in the Dual Language Immersion program is open to any incoming SDoL kindergarten student and is determined by random lottery. Students must have completed registration for kindergarten to be eligible. All registered students are part of the lottery; no additional application is required.
Students are selected by a random process, conducted in the summer. Families of selected students are asked to commit to the program for the duration of their student’s education in the School District of Lancaster.
Families who do not wish to have their child participate may turn down their slot. New students will be selected at random and offered spaces until the class is filled.
In general, the program hopes to maintain a 50-50 balance between native English- and Spanish-speaking students.
Transportation can be provided upon request.