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    Announcements

    1/19/2019 Handouts at Admissions Fair:
    Seattle Public Schools Dual Language Immersion (DLI) Pathways 2019-2020
    Effectiveness of Dual Language Immersion
    Letter to DLI Middle School Students about STAMP Testing Spring 2019
    Lincoln High School Enrollment Graphic (for NW DLI High School Pathway)
    Letter about Japanese Language at Lincoln High School
    Letter about Spanish Language at Lincoln High School
    Letter for 8th Grade DLI Families at Denny International Middle School
    Letter for 8th Grade DLI Families at Mercer International Middle School


    Overview

    One of the unique characteristics of Seattle’s International Education policy is the commitment to helping students develop a high level of proficiency in a language other than English by providing a K-12 sequence of language study beginning in Seattle’s international elementary schools. The result of participation in a dual language immersion program from kindergarten through grade 12 should be Advanced level proficiency at the end of high school in two languages.

    The policy refers to “teaching world languages in an immersion setting,” but what does that mean? The terminology around these types of programs has evolved over the past 20 years. At the time that Seattle launched its first International School with this type of language program, it was common to refer to the program as “language immersion” or “partial language immersion” since the students are “immersed” in the immersion language about 50% of the day. (Some schools in other districts offer “full immersion” or 80:20 time model, where 80% of the day is taught in the immersion language and 20% in English.)

    Over the past decade, the terms “dual language” or “dual language immersion” have become more common, especially if there are English Language Learners included in the program who are native or heritage speakers of the immersion language. They are used as an umbrella term for a variety of program models.

    If a program is set up to serve as a bilingual education model with about 50% of the students native/heritage speakers of each language (e.g., Spanish and English), that type of program is called "two-way" as in Two-Way Dual Language or Two-Way Dual Language Immersion. Seattle currently has two Spanish designated Two-Way DLI programs at Beacon Hill International School and Concord International School.

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    Elementary Dual Language Immersion

    Seattle currently has five elementary International Schools offering Dual Language Immersion:

    Two elementary Option schools in the NW region offering 1/2 day taught in Spanish or Japanese:
    John Stanford International School
    McDonald International School


    Two elementary Neighborhood schools in the SE region offering 1/2 day taught in Spanish or Mandarin:
    Beacon Hill International School
    Dearborn Park International School

    (expanding to 5th grade in fall 2019)

    One elementary Neighborhood school in the SW region offering 1/2 day taught in Spanish:
    Concord International School

     

    Middle & High School Dual Language Immersion Continuation

    There are currently three International Middle Schools in Seattle serving Dual Language Immersion continuation students. Each school has developed its program within certain constraints, such as availability of qualified teachers, number of periods per school day (6 vs. 7, for example), and number of students in the cohort coming from elementary school. The middle school programs are also designed to meet the needs of heritage language learners (children who grew up speaking a language besides English at home and may or may not have had formal schooling in that language).

    • Hamilton International Middle School (NW Region) offers Dual Language Immersion Continuation Language Arts courses in Spanish and Japanese Language Arts (1 period per day) taught by experienced world language teachers geared to preparing students for high-level high school world language classes, including Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB). The Spanish classes have been able to attract a number of heritage Spanish students who joined the program in middle school.
    • Denny International Middle School (SW Region) offers Dual Language Immersion Continuation Language Arts and Social Studies courses (2 periods per day) taught in Spanish, geared to preparing students to be bilingual and biliterate in Spanish and English and able to continue to take academic courses in Social Studies in Spanish in high school, in addition to high-level high school world language classes, including Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB).
    • Mercer International Middle School (SE Region) offers Dual Language Immersion Continuation Language Arts and Social Studies courses taught in Spanish or Mandarin geared to prepare students to be bilingual and biliterate in Spanish or Mandarin and English and able to continue to take academic courses in Spanish or Mandarin in high school. Currently they teach Social Studies content in Spanish or Mandarin Chinese Language Arts in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades and Academic Enrichment for additional Spanish or Mandarin Chinese literacy at some grades. 

    The high school Dual Language Immersion Continuation program models are still in development:

    • Ingraham High School: an International School (NW Region) offers International Baccalaureate (IB) level language courses for 11th and 12th graders. In 9th and 10th grade, Dual Language Immersion Continuation students have been taking traditional Spanish and Japanese courses at Level 3 or possibly IB Level 4 (1 period per day) typically. There have not been any content-based courses offered in Spanish or Japanese. Note: Beginning in school year 2019-2020, Ingraham High School will no longer be the DLI high school pathway for the NW region. Instead, DLI 8th graders will go to Lincoln High School. Current 9th graders at Ingraham who came from the DLI cohort at Hamilton will be able to continue at Ingraham if they prefer.
    • Chief Sealth International High School (SW Region) developed its Dual Language Immersion Continuation program for heritage speakers of Spanish who had participated in Denny International Middle School’s program from grades 6-8. In fall 2016, the first group of students who started in Dual Language Immersion in Spanish at Concord International School entered 9th grade at Chief Sealth, and they have had the opportunity to take both World History in Spanish and AP Spanish 5 as a language course. In 10th through 12th grades, they have continued to have opportunities for language study (through IB) as well as Social Studies or other similar classes in Spanish (2 periods per day most years).

     
    For more information, contact: Michele Aoki, International Education Administrator maaoki@seattleschools.org 

    For enrollment questions, visit: SPS Enrollment