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GCPS Dual Language Immersion Program

GCPS Dual Language Immersion Program

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GCPS is pleased to offer Dual Language Immersion Programs at Annistown Elementary (Spanish), Baldwin Elementary (Spanish), Bethesda Elementary (Spanish), Camp Creek Elementary (Spanish), Ivy Creek Elementary (Spanish), Level Creek Elementary (Spanish), Meadowcreek Elementary (Spanish), Parsons Elementary (Korean), and Trip Elementary (French). 

GCPS' 50/50 Model, based on a successful model used in Utah and South Carolina, calls for at least 50% of the school day to be spent learning the Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) curriculum in a new language. Enrollment will be voluntary, starting with incoming kindergartners and building by one grade-level every year.

In 2020-21, GCPS’ DLI program enters its seventh year, expanding for the first time into middle school. A cohort of rising 6th graders from the three pioneer elementary schools— Annistown and Bethesda (Spanish) and Trip (French)— are continuing their language studies at their feeder middle schools— Shiloh MS, Sweetwater MS, and Bay Creek MS, respectively.

As students transition to middle school, the next step in their language journey involves more focused instruction in spelling, grammar, sentence structure, and syntax in the target language. DLI students will continue to learn the target language in a culture-rich immersion environment with additional focus on refining these language skills. All 6th grade DLI students will participate in a year-long DLI Advanced Language and Literacy course, with the option to take one or both of the offered semester-long courses— DLI Culture and History and DLI Media Literacy.

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