Elementary Dual Language Immersion
Immersion registration information can be found in forms tab above.
The application window for incoming Kindergarten, 1st grade and 2nd grade immersion students for the 2021-2022 school year will be accepted January to February 26. The online application link is in the ‘Forms’ tab.
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. Most of the state’s programs begin in “1st grade, with a few starting in kindergarten. All state-sponsored schools with Dual Language Immersion programs are required to implement the fifty-fifty model and use two teachers, one who instructs exclusively in the target language for half of the day and a second who teaches in English for the remainder of the day.
From kindergarten through third grade, the target language curriculum includes literacy study and the majority of the content subjects (math, science, and social studies). The English curriculum focuses on English language arts and some collaborative reinforcement of the content. Teamwork is essential! The curriculum shifts in the fourth and fifth grades, as most conceptual instruction in math and social science is taught in English. Practical application of these subjects remains in the target language. In the sixth grade, social science shifts back to the target language and science shifts to English instruction. These curriculum changes in the upper grades purposefully allow for more instruction time in the target language, focusing on literacy study and increasing student proficiencies. Specific proficiency goals for every Dual Language Immersion language are set at each grade level in all areas: reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
The Utah Dual Language Immersion Program then offers one course in grades seven through nine. Participating students are expected to enroll in Advanced Placement language coursework and complete the AP exam in either the ninth or tenth grade. In grades ten or eleven through twelve, students will be offered upper division university-level coursework through blending learning with six major Utah universities.
The Benefits of Dual Language Immersion
2. Performance on Standardized Tests: Immersion students perform as well as or better than non-immersion students on standardized tests in English.
3. 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.
4. Cultural Competency: Immersion students are more aware of and generally show more positive attitudes towards other cultures & an appreciation of other people.
5. Long Term Benefits: Immersion students are better prepared for the global community and job markets where 21st century skills are an asset.
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FAQ about Immersion
Many people have asked questions about the dual Language Immersion program in the Davis School District. To help ensure that correct information is being shared in the community, please refer to the answers to our most Frequently Asked Questions.
How are the kindergarten or 1st grade students selected for the immersion class?
Parents of incoming kindergarten or 1st grade students are invited to attend an informational meeting held in the early spring where the program is introduced. An online application is available that evening for a one to two week enrollment period. If more students apply than the program can accommodate, a lottery is held for the spots in the class.
Is this a gifted program? Are students prescreened or can anyone apply?
The immersion program is NOT a gifted program, although it certainly serves the needs of a gifted learner. The immersion program is open to any interested incoming kindergarten student and prescreening is not part of the application process.
Do you need to live within the school boundaries to be able to participate?
While living within the boundaries is not mandatory, preference is given to those students who would normally be assigned to attend that particular school. Occasionally, space is available for those living outside the school boundaries. Principals will be able to let patrons know if there will be room for out of boundary students in their school.
If I live out of boundary of an immersion school, should I submit a boundary variance application?
No, there is no need to submit a boundary variance application. Simply submit the application for the immersion program. If a student is admitted into the program at a school, they will be placed into the school without the need for a boundary variance.
Can older students join the immersion program?
As openings occur, students can join existing immersion classes up through the 2nd grade. Students are hand-selected for these openings based on factors that help ensure student success. Because the new student will be at a significant disadvantage coming into an existing immersion classroom, the student identified as the one most likely to succeed in this setting will be selected. If more than one applicant has met the guidelines for placement, a lottery will be held for the opening.
What if my child isn’t selected for immersion? Will he be at a disadvantage?
The immersion programs in Davis District are very limited in number and unfortunately, there are more interested students than there are openings. While this is a wonderful opportunity for students to acquire a second language, it is neither the mission nor the primary focus of the Davis School District. The district’s mission statement is “Learning First” and is centered around the academic success of all students. The district prides itself on the quality education it provides to ALL students living in Davis County. The teachers in all the schools are well-trained and provide an outstanding education for all students.
Are the immersion teachers all certified to teach?
All of our immersion teachers hold a Utah teaching license, however they come from a variety of backgrounds. Most have been educated in our local universities and have graduated with an Elementary Education or language degree. Others are International Guest Teachers from foreign countries. These teachers have been hand-selected by their respective governments to come to Utah to teach in our schools. They represent the “best and brightest” these countries have to offer. Other foreign teachers have spent a year as an intern in one of the immersion schools and then move to a full-time teaching position the following year. A small number of teachers have a college degree in an area other than education; however, all are screened through a rigorous process by the Utah State Board of Education in order to ascertain their aptness to teach in our schools. If necessary, they take university and state-sponsored classes to complete their course work in Elementary Education.
How are immersion programs funded? Do they take money away from other programs at the school?
The district funds the immersion classrooms as they fund all classrooms, paying the salary of the teacher and providing teaching space. The immersion classrooms receive the same funding for supplies, books, etc. as do other classrooms in the building. District and school funds in excess of what is normally allotted to every classroom are not used to support immersion classrooms. In addition, the immersion programs are given funds through money set aside by the Utah State Legislature specifically for the Dual Language Immersion schools. These monies are used to purchase textbooks, classroom supplies and other curricular needs, as well as covering the cost of substitute teachers when immersion teachers are at state-sponsored workshops. If a school dropped their immersion program, these funds would NOT be available to the school or the district. Because of the legislative money, immersion schools generally have district funds freed up that can used by other classrooms outside of the immersion program.
Are the students in the immersion classes doing poorly academically because they are learning math and science in another language?
The district administration has been vigilant in tracking the academic achievement of all immersion students. End of year test scores show that the immersion students in Davis District are scoring at the same level as their monolingual peers in math, language arts and science. Scores are measured against scores of peers as well as against demographically-similar schools throughout the district.
What happens when the immersion students reach junior high and high school? Won’t the language classes offered be too easy for them?
7th and 8th grade students will be offered one or two courses per year of advanced language classes. In 9th grade, the immersion students will take an A.P. (Advanced Placement) exam and will be tested to possibly receive college credit. If students don't pass the A.P. test in 9th grade, no problem! The A.P. test is difficult as a 9th grader. Students would just go on to take the A.P. Language class in high school. If, however, a student does pass the AP exam with a score of 3 or higher, he or she will be accelerated into the Bridge program, where students may take level 3000 university courses in grades 10-12. If students take all three courses throughout high school, they will graduate 6 credit hours (2 classes) short of a minor in the language.
What happens if a student leaves the immersion program and then wants to come back?
Students who leave a district immersion program can rejoin their cohort if there is still space in the program and the student can demonstrate grade level language proficiency based on the state benchmarks. The AAPPL or STAMP proficiency tests are frequently used to make this determination.
Update for the 2020-2021 school year only: Elementary students who participated in a district DLI program prior to March 2020 and who were unable to continue in their immersion classroom during the 2020-21 school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic will be offered an elective language course option through Davis Connect. Students who actively participate in this class will be able to return to their assigned immersion program without demonstrating proficiency if they return by Fall 2021. Families should contact their school principal to confirm placement.
French Immersion in Davis School District
- Foxboro Elementary
- Morgan Elementary
- Odyssey Elementary
Spanish Immersion in Davis School District
- Eagle Bay Elementary
- Buffalo Point Elementary
- Canyon Creek Elementary
- Sand Springs Elementary
- Lincoln Elementary
Junior High Continuation & High School Bridge Program
Eagle Bay students go to Farmington Jr. High. The high school is Farmington High.
Sand Springs students go to Legacy Jr. High. The high school is Layton or Clearfield High.
Buffalo Point students go to Syracuse Jr. High. The high school is Syracuse High.
Canyon Creek students go to Farmington Junior HIgh. The high school is Farmington High.
Lincoln Elementary students will go to North Layton Jr. High. These students will likely attend Northridge High School.
Chinese Immersion in Davis School District
Junior High Continuation and High School Bridge Programs
Stewart elementary students continue their Chinese studies at Centerville Junior High and will then attend Viewmont High school.
Syracuse elementary students continue at Syracuse Junior HIgh and will then attend Syracuse High School.
Heritage elementary students will continue at Shoreline Jr. High and will then attend Layton High School.
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AAPPL TEST FOR DLI ELEMENTARY STUDENTS
Interpretive Reading and Listening