Spanish Dual Language Immersion Academy

  • In 2016, Jefferson Elementary School added the Spanish Dual Language Immersion Academy option for incoming Kindergartens. Each year, we will add a grade. Research shows that the early aquisition of a second language impacts intellectual growth.

    What is Dual Langauge Immersion?
    PUSD’s Dual Language Immersion Programs incorporates the five goals of the National Foreign Language Standards (NFLS), promoting sound world language instruction. In meeting the goals of Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities, students will not only know what and how to say it, but why, when and to whom.

    • Maintaining a Spanish Speaking Environment
      The DLIP teachers can only speak Español in front of the students. Please work with the teacher to help create and maintain this environment for your child. They can still speak to you in English when your child is not present. If you need to communicate with your child’s teacher, emails, texts, and or phone calls before and after school are preferred and encour-aged.
    • Dual Language Immersion Model
      Pasadena USD follows a 90/10 model. In kindergarten, Spanish will be used 90% of the day; English 10% of the day. The 10% will be taught by a different teacher with a 10% increase in English instruction until 4th grade.

    How does Dual Language Immersion benefit my child?
    Everyday learning will fully immerse the students in both the English and Spanish language. This will strengthen cognitive skills, increase their ability to adapt to other types of learning, and enhance creativity and problem-solving skills. Our programs strive for academic language proficiency which encompasses the four modalities: listening, speaking, reading, and writing Spanish. Students will develop bilingual, bi-literate, and bi-cognitive skills.

    For more information, please contact:
    Amin Oria
    Principal, Jefferson Elementary School

    Juan Ruelas
    Director, Language Assessment & Development Department (LADD) & PUSD Dual Language Coordinator