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Dual Language Immersion Programs

Learn to speak, read and write in two languages!

Scottsdale Unified School District is proud to provide students an opportunity to become multilingual through the Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs. Dual Language Immersion capitalizes on the human brain’s natural development of language during critical periods, especially during early childhood. Children naturally acquire language through social interactions with meaningful environments.

The DLI program is designed to use the language strengths of two teachers to co-teach curriculum in their target languages. Students spend half of their time in English learning reading, writing and content skills such as social studies.  The other half of their instructional time is spent learning content such as mathematics and science through target languages such as Spanish or Mandarin as taught by a native speaker.

The DLI program at Pueblo Elementary targets Spanish and Desert Canyon Elementary School’s DLI program targets Mandarin.  Each school has teacher teams that coordinate instruction so students master the grade level standards while integrating the language arts skills of the target languages.

Spanish DLI Path

Pueblo Elementary School
In this enriched educational model, half of daily instruction is conducted in Spanish and the other half through English.

Kindergarten–3rd Grade:
Spanish:
Math, Science and Spanish Language Arts 
English: English Language Arts and Social Studies

4th–5th Grade:
Spanish:
Social Studies, Spanish Language Arts and Science
English: English Language Arts and Math

Elementary School Biliteracy Attainment Award

Mohave Middle School
Middle school students in the Dual Language Immersion track receive two periods a day in Spanish through immersion methods. The two courses are:

6th Grade: Science and Social Studies
7th/8th Grade: Social Studies and Spanish Language Arts

By the end of 8th grade, Spanish Immersion students have completed high school Spanish levels I & II. 

Dual Language Immersion students are eligible for the Middle School Biliteracy Attainment Award.

Saguaro High School
9th Grade:
Spanish III Honors 
(College Dual Enrollment SPA 101/SPA 102)

10th Grade: Spanish IV Honors
(College Dual Enrollment SPA 201/SPA 202)

11th Grade: Advanced Placement (AP) Spanish Language and Culture or third language

12th Grade: Spanish Capstone Course or third language

Seal of Biliteracy on High School Diploma

Mandarin DLI Path

Desert Canyon Elementary School
In this enriched educational model, half of daily instruction is conducted in Mandarin and the other half through English.

Kindergarden–3rd Grade:
Mandarin: 
Math, Science & Chinese Language Arts
English: English Language Arts and Social Studies

4th–5th Grade:
Mandarin: Science, Social Studies and Chinese Language Arts
English: English Language Arts and Math

Elementary School Biliteracy Attainment Award

Desert Canyon Middle School
Immersion courses will be provided in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade.  Course trajectory to be determined based on performance data as Desert Canyon Elementary students progress through the program.

Dual Language Immersion students are eligible for the Middle School Biliteracy Attainment Award.

Desert Mountain High School
9th Grade: Mandarin III Honors Pre-International Baccalaureate
(College Dual Enrollment - CHI 101, 102)

10th Grade: Mandarin IV Honors / International Baccalaureate Standard Level
(College Dual Enrollment)

11th Grade: Advanced Placement (AP) Mandarin Language and Culture or third language

12th Grade: Mandarin Capstone Course or third language

Seal of Biliteracy on High School Diploma