Dual Language Immersion
MANDARIN DUAL LANGUAGE IMMERSION PROGRAM
Students throughout the San Gabriel Valley who wish to learn Mandarin will now have the opportunity to do so free of charge, in a public-school setting at Orangewood Elementary and Edgewood Schools in the West Covina Unified School District, a state-certified district of choice.
SPANISH DUAL LANGUAGE IMMERSION PROGRAM
The West Covina Unified School District currently offers a Dual Language Immersion Program at Monte Vista Elementary, Orangewood Elementary, and Edgewood Schools. Beginning in TK or Kindergarten, native Spanish and native English speaking students study together for the purpose of becoming bilingual and biliterate, able to read, write, think and communicate in English and Spanish, upon high school graduation.
Dual Language Immersion Programs have proven effective for a wide variety of students. Students who have the ability to read, write, think, and communicate in two languages are better prepared to compete in a global economy and possess a command of language that will support them in being college and career ready upon graduation.
High level of proficiency in English and Spanish.
High academic achievement in English and Spanish.
Understanding and appreciation of different cultures, including one’s own.
The California State Seal of Biliteracy
An award given by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading and writing in one or more languages in addition to English.
For more information or to enroll in the program, please contact:
Monte Vista Elementary School
Damian A. Kessler, Ed.D., Principal
Orangewood Elementary School
Janet Shirley, Principal
Kimberly Cabrera, Ed.D., Principal