Dual Language Immersion Program

Asheboro City Schools Dual Language Immersion Program
Asheboro City Schools Dual Language Immersion program is offered to rising kindergarten students. At this age, students have a tremendous ability to understand and learn a language other than their first language. Our program uses a 50/50 model in which students learn in English and Spanish on a daily rotating basis. Our goal is for students to be bilingual and bi-literate, and gain an appreciation for multiculturalism.

Goals of the Dual Language Immersion program:
• Students will develop high levels of proficiency in their primary language and a second language (English and Spanish).
• Academic performance will be at or above grade level in all content areas.
• Students will demonstrate positive cross-cultural attitudes and behaviors.

Student Makeup:
The Asheboro City Schools’ Dual Language Immersion program is elective and utilizes a lottery process for admittance. Families are to complete an application and submit to the Asheboro City Schools Central Office to be considered for participation in the program. Please be mindful that completing an application does not guarantee admittance to the program.

Applying to the program:

Asheboro City Schools will open the application window on January 3 for interested families of rising kindergarten students. We ask all applications to be submitted by 5 p.m. on February 15. All applicants will then be entered into a lottery. Families will receive a letter with the lottery results thereafter. Once families are notified of their selection to the Dual Language Immersion program, they must complete registration by August 1. If a student who is selected does not enroll by August 1, their spot in the program will be forfeited and offered to the first person on the waiting list.

If at any point a student surrenders their seat in the Dual Language Immersion program through the second quarter of the first grade, the next person on the waiting list will be notified.

The Dual Language Commitment: 

Success in the Dual Language Immersion Program is conditional on understanding of and commitment to the following:

1. Children enrolled in the Dual Language Immersion Program will remain together in kindergarten through fifth grade. Since success in an immersion program requires consistent instruction over time, families must support the child in the Spanish Immersion Program through fifth grade.
2. Instruction will follow the 50/50 Model which means classroom instruction will be delivered 50% in Spanish and 50% in English beginning in kindergarten.
3. Because the Dual Language Immersion Program is a 50/50 Model, attendance is of key importance. Families commit to having the child arrive at school on time and attend school consistently.
4. Students may opt into the Dual Language Immersion Program if any seats become available up through the first semester of their first-grade year.
5. Families must support the program by encouraging bi-literacy, biculturalism, and bilingualism.
6. Families need to read to the child at home at least 20-30 minutes daily in English.
7. Families will consult with teachers and administration for additional strategies to support the child to increase success in the Dual Language Immersion Program.
8. Academic and social/emotional success are paramount, especially in English (the language of state required assessments).  Because of the nature of the ACS Dual Language Immersion Program, academic/behavior concerns may arise. In most cases, interventions and support provided will help students to be successful in this dynamic environment. In the event that these are unsuccessful, especially if concerns stem from program structure, a change in placement may be an option to ensure that students’ needs are met. 

Key Features:
  • Students are held to the same high academic standards.
  • Both English proficient and non-native English-speaking students are placed in the same classroom to promote bilingualism, bi-literacy, and multiculturalism.
  • Students begin the program in kindergarten and continue with the same class through the fifth grade.

Dubraska Stines, ML/DLI Program Coordinator
Deanna Wiles, Director of Curriculum and Instruction
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