Spanish Dual Immersion Language Program (DLI)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
- The online application will be available on the MCSD website beginning January 29, 2021 here.
- The online application must be submitted no later than 4:00 p.m. on February 11, 2021
- Applications submitted after the deadline will be put on a waiting list
- Parents will be notified of acceptance or placement on the waitlist by February 18, 2021
QUESTIONS? Please contact:
Whitney Anderson, Principal Horizon Elementary, at email@example.com
Scott Bushnell, Assistant Superintendent, at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
- One English
- 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.
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.
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