All applications for admission to the Dual Language Immersion (DLI) program are accepted online beginning on January 15. The link to the application form will be publicized on the district website, through PeachJar, on TCSD social media accounts, and by each individual school. On the application, parents may select a first and second choice school to apply for participation in the DLI program.
For the best chance of acceptance into the DLI program, the application must be received no later than March 1. Students who apply at any time during the initial application window from January 15th to March 1st will have the same opportunity of being enrolled in the DLI program. Lotteries will be held as necessary when the applicants exceed the spots available. Enrollment in the program will be determined by the following factors, in order:
- Native speakers or children of native speakers of the DLI language (A native speaker is someone who has spoken the immersion language as their primary language from earliest childhood.)
- Siblings of students currently enrolled in the school’s DLI program
- Children of teachers in the DLI program
- Lottery of in-boundary students*
- Lottery of out-of-boundary students*
- Last priority will be given to applicants who apply after the March 1 deadline
* The exact percentages of in-boundary and out-of-boundary students and the total number of students accepted will be determined on an annual basis by the school principal according to school need and space and in consult with district staff.
After Term 2 of second grade, students may only be accepted into the Dual Language Immersion program if they have experience in the native language. An assessment may be required to determine the child’s proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing in the immersion language.
Exceptions to this protocol must be approved by the Director of Teaching and Learning.
If you do not live in the boundary of the school to which you are applying, an “out of boundary/open enrollment” application must be complete and will be approved if the students is accepted into the program.All students are eligible, but we encourage you to consider your child's ability to thrive in this type of learning environment.Transportation is the responsibility of the parents/guardians.Parents will be notified by mail of student acceptance into the program. Notification will occur following the application deadline or until the programs are filled.