Immersion Program Guidance

  • DISTRICT LEVEL

    Program Guidelines for #2 in the School Choice Policy:

    In order to fill the Spanish Immersion classrooms at the kindergarten level, the list of “requirements for the program” will be applied as they appear below.

    1. All students requesting immersion and enrolled in the school by the first week in August will be considered for enrollment into the immersion classroom.
    2. For two-way programs, there should be approximately 50% native Spanish speakers and 50% English speakers. Spanish-speaking students serve as models in the program and will be placed first. 
    3. Siblings of students currently enrolled in an immersion program will be considered next for available seats in the kindergarten immersion classroom.
    4. The remaining available seats will be awarded to students who have requested the program. If students seeking entry outnumber the available seats, a random lottery will be held by the end of the first full week in August.

    SCHOOL LEVEL

    Immersion Openings

    1. When openings occur in Kindergarten (during the school year), you should offer the spot to a student immediately. Use the priority list created in the summer to make offers. 

    Classrooms Beyond First Grade

    1. If seats are available in an immersion classroom, a native Spanish-speaking student should be considered for placement. Please consult the immersion administrator for placement. 
    2. If seats are available in first grade after Spanish-speaking students have been placed, all names of first-graders, not in immersion, will be placed in a randomizer. A numbered list will be generated, and open immersion slots will be offered starting at the top until all slots are full. 
    3. A native English-speaking student will not be added to Immersion classrooms after first grade unless they come from a Spanish immersion program in another district.

    Students Retained in Kindergarten or First Grade

    1. The school team, with the parent/guardian, will meet to determine the optimal placement for the student. 
    2. Retention does not dictate a dismissal from or an automatic addition to the program.

    Parents Who Wish to Retain their Child in Kindergarten or First Grade to Apply for the Immersion Program:

    1. Meet with the parent. 
    2. Review the child’s data and performance in Kindergarten. 
    3. If the child has met KN standards, the school staff should do everything they can to discourage the parent. 
    4. Parent request is weighted heavily. 
    5. If the parent decides to retain the child, the selection process remains the same. They are not guaranteed a spot but will enter the immersion lottery with all other students.
  • The K-12 Delaware Dual Language Immersion Student Experience

    Delaware Dual Language Immersion programs provide students with a seamless K-12 language and content-learning experience including four components. Each component builds upon the previous to ensure continued growth in both language proficiency and academic content knowledge. Students who complete all four components of the program will be assured of becoming bilingual, biliterate, and able to successfully navigate multiple cultures in multiple contexts, thus being ultimately prepared for college, career, and life.

  • Elementary

  • Middle School

  • High School AP

  • High School Bridge

Delaware Immersion Model K-8 | Content Allocation and Instructional Splits

  • Elementary K-3

    • 50% of instructional day in each language
    • Two-Teacher Model
    • Immersion Content
      • Literacy
      • Math
      • Science
    • English Content
      • Literacy (with social studies embedded)
      • Content Transfer/Academic Language Development

    Elementary 4-5

    • 50% of instructional day in each language
    • Two-Teacher Model
    • Immersion Content
      • Literacy
      • Math
      • Science
    • English Content
      • Literacy 
      • Social Studies (stand-alone)
      • Content Transfer/Academic Language Development

    Middle School 6-8

    • 35% of instructional day in immersion language
    • One-Teacher Model
    • Immersion Content
      • Literacy
      • Social Studies
    • English Content
      • Literacy
      • Math
      • Science
      • Electives

    Click here to download the Delaware Immersion Models K-8, Content Allocation and Instructional Splits.