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

Spanish Dual Language Immersion Program

For parents of Kindergarten & Incoming 1st Grade Students
in the 2020-2021 school year 
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
6:00-7:00 PM
Murray City School District Offices

We strongly encourage all parents/guardians of all kindergarteners to attend in order to be informed about this wonderful opportunity for their children to learn to speak, read, and write both English and Spanish!

PLEASE NOTE – For a student to be given consideration to participate in the DLI Spanish program (including siblings of students already in the program):

  1. A hard-copy application must be submitted to the  main  office  at  Horizon  Elementary  or received at  Horizon  Elementary  through  certified  mail  between January 14, 2020 and January 28, 2020Applications submitted after deadline will be put on a waiting list.
  2. Applications will be available  at the Tuesday, January 14, 2020 Parent Meeting and can be filled out and left with school officials at that time; or can be picked up in the Main Office at Horizon Elementary School between January 15, 2020 and January 28, 2020.
  3. MCSD Meeting Information Flyer English
    MCSD Meeting Information Flyer Spanish  


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
Heather Nicholas, 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.