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Branden Lansing
World Languages & DLI Specialist



Immersion registration information for 2020 can be found in forms tab above.


Chinese STEAM competition 

Chinese immersion students from throughout the region take part in a Chinese STEAM competition hosted by the Confucius Institute at Davis School District. Students compete in Chinese language, math and culture.


Branden Lansing

Branden Lansign currently holds a M.Ed in Curriculum and Design and received his B.A. in German with a French Minor.is a fluent speaker of both French  and German.  He also taught at the Jr. High and High School level, both French and German.

Branden currently serves as President of AATF and is a board member for UFLA. He is passionate about language and tries to stay actively involved. He actively facilitates instruction using flipped classroom techniques and online tools and continues to find ways to blend learning for his students.

Marty Chen was born in Taiwan and attended Weber State University, graduating with a BA in Early Childhood Education. She has a Master's in Curriculum Design and Instruction from the  University of Phoenix. She has been in education for 16 years, working in Davis, Granite and Weber School Districts. She works part-time as a Chinese Specialist on the State LDI team.

Why Immersion?

What is Dual Language Immersion?

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

1. Second Language Skills: Students achieve high proficiency in the immersion language.

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.

DLI Languages

Our Dual Immersion Languages

French Immersion


French Immersion in Davis School District 

Participant Schools: 

  • Foxboro Elementary
  • Morgan Elementary
  • Odyssey Elementary
Junior High Continuation and High School Bridge Programs
Foxboro immersion students go to Mueller Park Jr. High and will continue at Bountiful High.
Odyssey immersion students  go to either Mueller Park Jr. High or South Davis Jr. High, depending on where they live. They will continue at Bountiful High.
Morgan immersion students go to Fairfield Jr. High. They will continue at Davis High.

Spanish Immersion

Spanish Immersion in Davis School District 

Participant Schools: 

  • 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 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

Chinese Immersion in Davis School District 

Participant Schools: 
  • Stewart Elementary
  • Muir Elementary
  • Heritage Elementary
  • Syracuse Elementary

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.

Muir elementary students will continue at Mueller Park Jr. High and will then attend Bountiful High School.

Immersion Schools

Immersion Schools in Davis School District

Spanish Schools

Buffalo Point Elementary (Year Round)

1924 S Doral Drive
Principal: Kristy Nelson

Canyon Creek Elementary

755 S 1100 W
Principal: Vonzaa Hewitt

Eagle Bay Elementary

1933 W Clark Lane
Principal: Janeal Magalei

Lincoln Elementary

591 W Antelope Drive
Principal: Sue Caldwell

Sand Springs Elementary (Year Round)

242 N 3200 W
Principal: Jody Schaap

Chinese Schools

Heritage Elementary

1354 Weaver Lane
Principal: Ruthanne Keller

Muir Elementary

2275 S Davis Blvd
Principal: Scott Richardson

Stewart Elementary

1155 N Main Street
Principal: Amanda Keller

Syracuse Elementary

1503 S 2000 W
Principal: Marilyn Merkley

French Schools

Foxboro Elementary

587 N Foxboro Drive
North Salt Lake
Principal: Chris Whitaker

Morgan Elementary

1065 Thornfield Road
Principal: Alisha Johnson

Odyssey Elementary

2050 S 1955 W
Woods Cross
Principal: Julie Peters


First page of the PDF file: WorldLanguageSummerCampRegistration



The AAPPL assessment is administered to most of our Dual Language Immersion students each May. This test is provided to every student in the Dual Immersion program according to their level of instruction.
The AAPPL Measure assesses the following modes of communication:
  • Interpersonal Listening/Speaking
  • Presentational Writing
  • Interpretive Reading and Listening


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 students selected for the immersion class?

    Parents of incoming kindergarten students are invited to attend an informational meeting held in the early spring where the program is introduced. Applications are available that evening, and at each school, 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.

  • 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.

DLI Pathway

Davis School District school boundaries and this feeder pattern are subject to change periodically as we adjust for population changes and the opening of new schools.     


Teacher Resources and Materials

Desk Standards, Posters, Instructional Videos, Sample Assessments, Unit Plans, Sample lessons, Target and Assessments have been moved to our own District Servers. To access these materials and documents please select your program of instruction and Log in using your ENCORE credentials. 
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