Building Cultural Bridges
The Chula Vista Elementary School District recognizes that the complex and diverse needs of a growing and changing population possessing a variety of values, backgrounds, and preparations pose special challenges for educators, business leaders, and policy makers in the United States.
The Dual Language or Dual Immersion programs can provide unique teaching and learning opportunities for all its participants: students, parents, teachers, administrators, and communities. Dual Immersion education serves as a linguistic and cultural bridge for all, and it helps to embrace and promote linguistic and cultural pluralism inside and outside the school. The District is committed to supporting our schools in offering Dual Immersion programs that will prepare our future citizens with the necessary academic and linguistic competencies to be highly qualified individuals and to be competitive in a global society.
What is the Dual Immersion Program?
The Dual Immersion Program is a language-oriented program designed to build fluency in both Spanish and English. Native Spanish and English-speaking children have the opportunity to develop their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in both languages. With more than 2,000 students overall, the District's Dual Immersion program is one of the fastest-growing in the District.
Click on the photo above to be directed to a video that details the benefits of Dual Language instruction.
There are 21 schools that offer a Dual Immersion program
- Arroyo Vista Charter
- Camarena (Enrique) Elementary
- Chula Vista Learning Community Charter (Schoolwide)
- Clear View Elementary
- Cook Elementary (Dual Language Enrichment)
- Discovery Charter
- EastLake Elementary
- Feaster Charter
- Harborside Elementary
- Hedenkamp (Anne & William) Elementary
- Heritage Elementary
- Liberty Elementary
- Loma Verde Elementary
- Los Altos Elementary
- Rice (Lillian J.) Elementary
- Salt Creek Elementary
- Silver Wing Elementary
- Valle Lindo Elementary
- Valley Vista Elementary
- Veterans Elementary
- Vista Square Elementary
Students develop full oral and reading and writing proficiency in two languages. To learn more about Dual Language Immersion Program, view the Dual Language Immersion Program for parents below:
Dual Language Immersion Program (English) click here
Dual Language Immersion Program (Spanish) click here
Results from Dual Immersion Programs
Recent studies indicate this Dual Immersion model is one of the most successful programs in teaching a second language. This program offers a unique opportunity for English-speaking students to become bilingual and biliterate in both English and Spanish. English-speaking students acquire Spanish without risk to their academic achievement and English proficiency. Spanish-speaking students acquire English while maintaining their primary language, thereby allowing for higher levels of English language achievement.
Program participation is on a voluntary basis. Parents are encouraged to become familiar with the Dual Immersion Program before they decide to enroll their child. It is recommended that English-speaking students enroll in kindergarten or first grade. For the Spanish-speaking student, placement is also recommended at the primary grades. If there is no space available, the student will be placed on a waiting list by language (English, Spanish, or bilingual).
Data on Dual Immersion Programs
- Currently, there are more than 108 programs in the state.
- Most operate in Spanish and English.
- Most exist at the elementary level.
- Many programs continue through middle and high school.