Spanish DLI

Dual Language Immersion is a unique educational model where children learn to think, read, write and communicate naturally in two languages: English and Spanish. Native Spanish and native English speaking students study together, beginning in kindergarten through 6th grade, to be biliterate in both languages.

Program Goals for Students:

  • Empowers students to achieve the highest academic, social, and linguistic skills furthering their access to future educational and economic success.
  • Students are instructed according to the Common Core Content Standards for grade level competencies in all subject areas in both English and Spanish.
  • Learning a second language stimulates the brain to develop higher level reasoning skills, which transfer to complex critical thinking in math, science, and language arts.
  • Children who are educated in two languages have stronger self-esteem with more tolerance for, and more interest in, other cultures.

Program Model

90:10 – The first number ‘90’ refers to the percentage of instructional time initially spent for instruction in the target language (Spanish) in Kindergarten. The second number ‘10’ refers to English. In our 90:10 model, the amount of the target language decreases yearly as English increases until there is a 50:50 balance of the languages generally in grades four through eighth.

Schools in AESD with a DLI Academy

All 23 schools at Anaheim Elementary School District have a Spanish Dual Language Immersion program.

Pathway to the Seal of Biliteracy

At Anaheim Elementary School District, we created a pathway for students to be recognized for their successful academic achievement in English and Spanish. Students who participate in our Dual Language Immersion Academy will have the opportunity to obtain the Pathway to the Seal of Biliteracy Award. The intent of this award is to encourage students to continue their journey towards biliteracy as they progress through middle school and high school. Students who meet this local criteria will be granted the Pathway to the Seal of Biliteracy Award at the end of sixth grade.

Upcoming Spanish DLI Meetings

There are currently No Upcoming Meetings. If you are interested in learning more about enrolling your child in a Spanish Dual Language Immersion Academy, please contact any AESD school or email us at

Find your school using the AESD Map and Bounderies page.

Dual Immerison Resources – outside sources

Spanish DLI Was Last Modified: July 16, 2020