Fontana USD’s Dual Language Immersion Program aims to develop bilingual and bicultural skills in all of the students. Because they’re aware that we live in a multicultural world, and that this will help them in their future jobs and careers. Their program has three goals: “bilingualism and biliteracy”, “high levels of academic achievement”, and “sociocultural competency”.
This is a two-way dual language program, which means that they teach common content in two languages: English and Spanish. Half of the students are native Spanish speakers, and the other half are native English speakers. So students will also be language models to their classmates. Because they all will hear and learn both languages all the time, even while speaking with each other.
This program lasts a minimum of seven years, but they’re planning a K-12 program. It starts in kindergarten.
They work with a 90:10 model. This is, they teach 90% of the time in Spanish, and 10% of the time in English. As kids pass grade levels, the instruction time in English will increase 10%. This until there’s a 50-50 model: 50% of instruction in Spanish and 50% of instruction in English. This is also called a “sequential literacy” model, because first they develop literacy in Spanish (in the partner language) and then in English.
You have to enroll your kids in kindergarten. The enrollment process consists of completing a Home Language Survey. You also have to attend an informational meeting, participate in the lottery, register, sign a parent/guardian commitment form, and go to an orientation.