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About Dual Immersion

Cesar Chavez Language Academy is SRCS’s first English and Spanish Dual Immersion program.

Imagine your children learning a second language during their elementary school years, giving them the advantage of being bilingual by the time they graduate.  For parents who want their children to be well prepared to compete in a global economy, that’s the attraction of a Dual Immersion program.  As a dependent charter school, CCLA's program is available to any interested elementary students within the district and surrounding districts. A goal of our Dual Immersion program is to develop a child’s proficiency in English and Spanish through reading, writing, speaking, and listening. The program is academically sound, based on over forty years of research.

How Dual Immersion works in the classroom
Language is the vehicle for instruction using the same curricula as English-only classes. Dual Immersion educators are trained to teach in both Spanish and English. Immersion students are taught core content—Math, Reading, Writing, Science, and Social Studies—in both languages.

The table below shows how instructional time is divided between Spanish language instruction and English language instruction for each grade level. Dual Immersion starts in Kindergarten with a higher percentage of instructional time in Spanish relative to English. By grade 4, Spanish and English instructional time is half and half, or 50/50.


Immersion instruction is given in two languages, varying in proportion by grade level



1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

6th, 7th, &  8th Grade















Need more information?
Contact CCLA by email or phone to learn about Dual Immersion for your child. 
FAQs are below.

Karolina Gage
Principal, Cesar Chavez Language Academy
Phone (707) 890-3890 



Casey Shannon

Assistant Principal, Cesar Chavez Language Academy

Phone (707) 890-3890 



The Dual Immersion advantage and FAQs
Dual Immersion students have a high success rate with a second language and academics. They develop cultural awareness while gaining the advantages of being bilingual and bi-literate in a global community. Frequently Asked Questions are below:

Frequently Asked Questions about Dual Immersion


What is Dual Immersion and how does it work?


English speakers and Spanish speakers are brought together in the same classroom to develop fluency and literacy in both languages. Kindergarten and early grades are taught mostly in Spanish. The amount of English-language instruction increases as students progress in grade level.



Do I need to be bilingual for my child to enroll?


No. Parents do not need to be bilingual for their children to enroll and succeed in a dual immersion program.



Who can enroll?


Enrollment is encouraged for students entering kindergarten who are either native speakers of English, or native speakers of a “target” language (in CCLA’s dual immersion program, Spanish is considered the target language).



How do English speakers specifically benefit from this program?


English speakers who acquire a second language in their early years benefit because that’s when the human brain is most receptive to language learning. Dual Immersion learners become highly proficient in the target language (Spanish). Social benefits include cultural awareness and positive attitudes about ethnic diversity. Being bilingual offers a competitive advantage in today’s globalized economy.



What are the entry skills* for a student entering the program?


Entry level skills* are the same as for regular kindergarten; the dual immersion learner should be able to:

Identify the names of the letters in their name and print their name using a capital letter and lower case letters

Identify numbers 0-10 and be able to orally count to 20

Sit attentively for 15 minutes

Button buttons, zip zippers, and tie shoes

Know nine basic colors: black, white, red, green, blue, yellow, orange, purple, and brown

Recite the alphabet in English or Spanish

Identify a circle, square, triangle, and rectangle

Follow a simple two part direction

Hold a pencil correctly and cut on a straight line

*Dual immersion is not recommended for a child with a significant communication delay in their primary language.



What are the parent’s responsibilities?


The program requires parental commitment to long-term participation in the program from grades K-8. Parents will also learn to support a child by reading to their child 20-30 minutes daily, practicing and encouraging the use of the target language outside of school, volunteering, and helping to promote understanding of dual immersion, enjoying the challenges, and celebrating the results!



Is the district responsible for transportation?


No. Parents of students who reside outside the dual immersion school’s attendance area must provide their own transportation.



What about testing—is it the same as for non-dual immersion students?


Yes. Program assessments are the same as for non-dual immersion students. A few assessments used by the district include Let’s Go Learn, DIBELS, DRA, ELPAC (English Language Proficiency Assessment for California), and SBAC (after-school tutoring may be mandatory beginning in third grade pending approval).