dual Language immersion

Applications will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis at the Department of Language and Literacy


Dual Language Immersion (DLI) teaches literacy and content in two languages and prepares students with 21st century skills of global awareness with an expanded worldview.

Our students will have the ability to:

  • Cognitively perform at high levels, communicate, read and write in Spanish and English
  • Attain the California Seal of Biliteracy
  • Creatively solve complex and highly challenging problems 
  • Clearly communicate using evidence, relevant information, and precise language
  • Cultivate understanding, appreciation, and empathy for other cultures

Dual Language Education Overview

Dual Language Education consists of both Two Way and One Way Bilingual programs. These programs are considered “additive” models of Bilingual Schooling for English Learners. An additive program refers to a program where students can continue to develop cognitively in their first language as they acquire their second language.

  • Two Way: Two language groups schooled through their two languages
  • One Way: One language group schooled through their two languages

Our Mission Statement

The mission of Madera Unified School District Dual Language Immersion Program is to support all students to reach high levels of academic achievement and biliteracy, in a safe and engaging learning environment, that values multiculturalism while preparing students to be college and career ready in an increasingly competitive 21st-century global economy.

Our Vision Statement

The (MUSD) Dual Language Immersion Program will be widely recognized throughout California for students’ high levels of academic achievement and biliteracy that is developed through rigorous standards-based instruction in Spanish and English that enhances student motivation and engagement in their learning.

Dual Language Immersion

Our Programs

The programs offered in Madera Unified School District are:

Two-Way Dual Language Immersion

One-Way Heritage Language

All children entering Kindergarten are required to turn 5 years old on or before September 1st to qualify for that school year. “Given the length of time it takes to reach grade-level achievement in a second language, an average of six to eight years, it is important that parents who enroll their children in dual language programs take time to fully understand the commitment needed for students to be  successful in the program over time.” (Thomas and Collier 2012) Madera Unified is committed to seeing the Dual Language Programs grow K-12.

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