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Dual Language Immersion

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SBUnified Dual Language Immersion FAQ PAGE

Dual Language Immersion (DLI), also known as Two-Way Immersion, integrates a balanced number of native speakers of a target language (e.g. Spanish), native speakers of English, and bilingual students in the same classrooms. Students’ core content classes are given in two different languages (e.g. Spanish/English), studying each topic routinely in one language. They do not repeat the same content in both languages.

Santa Barbara Unified launched its first Elementary  Dual Language Immersion Program at McKinley Elementary School in the school year 2021-2022 in Kindergarten.  Enrollment in grades Kinder and First grades opens on Dec. 1 2021. 

Santa Barbara Junior High School's DLI Program opened in the Fall of 2020. It serves students in 7th grade and 8th grade.


SBUnified Dual Language Immersion Feasibility Study

SBUnified Dual Language Immersion One-Page Brochure English / Spanish