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A celebration of culture and bilingualism

Dual Language Immersion in the School District of Lancaster is a lottery-based special program designed for both native Spanish speakers and non-native Spanish speakers. Studies show that there are many benefits of knowing more than one language, including the positive impact on students’ academic achievement.

In addition, biculturalism and biliteracy are lasting skills that enrich the journey of college and career readiness for our students. Students also gain an appreciation of their own culture as well as the culture of others.

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.

The Dual Language Immersion Kindergarten Lottery

All incoming K5 students, including those that are moving up from K4, will be included in the lottery.  Students must be enrolled in kindergarten by the end of May to be considered in the Dual Language Immersion lottery. The lottery will be held the first week of June.  Families will be notified and asked to accept their spot in the Dual Language Immersion program.  On August 1st, if any spots are still available, only families that express interest in the program will be contacted.

If you haven’t enrolled your child in kindergarten, please go to our enrollment page.

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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.