2017 - 2018 Application Deadline – June 2, 2017
The schools listed below provide a Spanish Dual Language Immersion program for students zoned to their schools and for the grade levels listed. Students begin in Kindergarten and continue each year. Occasionally, there are spots available for students to begin in 1st grade; however, the student may require extensive tutoring to catch up with peers. The application does not guarantee your child a spot. Should applications exceed the number of available slots, the school will determine placement via a lottery process that will be conducted by Friday, June 9th. Please contact your child's school for more information.
Dual Language Immersion Program Schools for 2017 - 2018
Perkerson ES (K - 4th)
2040 Brewer Boulevard
Atlanta, Georgia 30315
Bolton Academy (K and 1st)
2268 Adams Drive
Atlanta, Georgia 30318
E Rivers ES (K, 1st, 2nd)
8 Peachtree Battle Ave
Atlanta, Georgia 30305404-802-7050
Garden Hills ES (K, 1st, 2nd)
285 Sheridan Dr NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30305404-802-7800
Morris Brandon ES (K and 1st)
2741 Howell Mill Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30327404-802-7250
Sarah Smith ES (K and 1st)
370 Old Ivy Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30342
The Dual Language Immersion Program initially began in APS during the 2013‐2014 school year and has grown each year. DLI schools add a grade level to the program each year until the program spans all grade levels, Kindergarten through 5th grade. The APS Dual Language Immersion Program is a two teacher, 50/50 model in which students spend half of the day learning in English and the other half of the day in Spanish
The APS Dual Language Immersion Program is a two teacher, 50/50 model in which students spend half of the day learning in English and the other half of the day in Spanish.
Why Dual Language Immersion?
Research has proven that world language study boosts the brain. Results indicate that bilingualism is reliably associated with several cognitive outcomes, including increased attentional control, working memory, meta‐linguistic awareness, and abstract and symbolic representation skills. (Adesope, Lavin, Thompson, Ungerleider, 2010).
Dual Language Immersion programs are the most effective types of learning for nurturing bilingual/biliterate students. The APS Dual Language Immersion program helps students to develop linguistic competence in both languages at the same time (listening, speaking, reading, and writing). Studying in two languages allows students to transfer knowledge and skills acquired in one language to the other. They are able to feel comfortable and successful in one language while gradually building the second language.
By continuing to learn and develop using two languages, children’s educational and cognitive developments are enhanced. Learning in two languages provides students with access to two groups of literature, an opening to diverse traditions, ideas, and ways of thinking which can lead to open mindedness, flexibility, and an ability to think in a different way.
o Ensuring Highly Qualified Certified teachers. Spanish partner teachers are native Spanish speakers with high levels of language. English partner teachers are also highly qualified and certified. In schools with two-way programs the English partner teacher also holds the ESOL Endorsement or ESOL certification.
o Ensuring that all students receive a curriculum in English and in Spanish that is based upon the Georgia Standards of Excellence, as decided by the State of Georgia.