Spanish Dual Immersion Language Program (DLI)

For additional information, please contact
Scott Bushnell, Assistant Superintendent
801-264-7400, Ext. 5020
Whitney Anderson, Principal Horizon Elementary School
801-264-7420, Ext. 5765

For parents of Kindergarten & Incoming 1st Grade Students
in the 2021-2022 school year 

In lieu of a parent meeting for incoming 2021-2022 Dual Language Immersion (DLI) students, informational videos about our DLI program have been posted on the Murray City School District and Horizon Elementary website.  If you are interested in learning more about the program, please watch the video (English and Spanish versions available).  If you have additional questions, a virtual Q&A meeting will be held for parents/guardians of current kindergarten students who are interested in Horizon Spanish DLI Program. The virtual meeting will be held: Thursday, January 28, 2021 from 6:00 – 7:00 PM. If you would like to participate, please email to receive the ZOOM link.

Attendance to the Q&A is not required.  We encourage parents/guardians of current kindergarten students to attend to be informed about this opportunity for their children to learn content and academic vocabulary in both English and Spanish.

– PLEASE NOTE the following deadlines –

For a student to be given consideration to participate in the DLI Spanish Program (including siblings of students already in the program), an online application must be filled out and submitted no later than:

February 11, 2021, by 4:00 p.m.

 QUESTIONS? Please contact:

Whitney Anderson, Principal Horizon Elementary, at  

Scott Bushnell, Assistant Superintendent, at


PROVEN BENEFITS of the Dual Language Immersion Programs:

  • Second Language Skills: Students achieve high proficiency in the immersion language.
  • Improved Performance on Standardized Tests: Immersion students perform as well as or better than non-immersion students on standardized tests of English and math when administered in English.
  • Enhanced Cognitive Skills: Immersion students typically develop greater cognitive flexibility, demonstrating increased attention control, better memory, and superior problem solving skills, as well as an enhanced understanding of their primary language.
  • Increased Cultural Sensitivity: Immersion students are more aware of and show more positive attitudes towards other cultures and an appreciation of other people.
  • Long Term Benefits: Immersion students are better prepared for the global community and job markets where a second language is an asset.

Elementary School
Whitney Anderson, Principal Horizon Elementary School
801-264-7420, Ext. 5765

Dual Language Immersion instruction is divided between two high quality creative classrooms:

  1. One English
  2. One in the Second Language (Spanish in MCSD)

The Utah Dual Language Immersion Program uses a fifty-fifty model, in which students spend half of their school day in the target language and the other half-day in English

Junior High School
Earl Kauffman, Principal Riverview Junior High School

The Utah Dual Language Immersion Program offers two courses in grades seven through nine: one content course in the target language and a second course in advanced language study. Participating students are expected to enroll in Advanced Placement language coursework and complete the AP exam in the ninth grade.

High School
Scott Wihongi, Principal Murray High School

Utah’s DLI Bridge Program offers an advanced language pathway for high school students who have passed the AP Language and Culture exam. Students have the opportunity to complete one to three Bridge courses while in high school earning both high school and university credit. A student who completes three Bridge courses will graduate from high school with nine upper division college credits that count towards a major or minor in the language of study.