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Dual Language Immersion

The application window for the 2023-2024 Spanish Dual Language Immersion Kindergarten Lottery is now OPEN!

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The DLI lottery will close on Wednesday, April 19th.

The DLI lottery will be held on Friday, April 21st.

Elementary Virtual Informational Meetings

Mission Statement

The goal of the North Clackamas School District Dual Language Immersion Program is to increase the academic achievement of English Learners while promoting multilingualism and affirming the diverse identities, languages, races, and cultural heritages of students and families in the North Clackamas community.

Dual Language Immersion Program Goals

The goals of dual language immersion programs are to develop bilingualism & biliteracy, academic achievement, and cross-cultural competencies for all students.

Dual Language Immersion in Grades K-5

  • Approximately 60% of students’ first language is Spanish and 40% of students’ first language is English
  • Native English speakers and native Spanish speakers learn from each other
  • Instruction is aligned to Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
  • Students begin in Kindergarten receiving 80% of instruction in Spanish and 20% in English. Gradually students receive more English instruction until it is approximately 50% Spanish and 50% English in 4th and 5th grade.  
  • Only one language is used at a time; instruction is not translated.
  • Formal literacy instruction begins in Spanish.
  • Bus transportation is provided to students’ assigned to the Dual Language Immersion school.

The Benefits of Dual Language Immersion

  • Development of Spanish and English language and literacy
  • Increased academic achievement
  • Inclusive learning environment that celebrates diversity and promotes cross-cultural awareness


Dianna Ngai
Associate Director | Teaching, Learning and Professional Development
503-353-5367 ext. 35367

Laurie Meisner
Associate Director | Teaching, Learning and Professional Development
503-353-5361  ext. 35361

Crystal Ramirez-Klein
Instructional Coach and Specialist| Dual Language Immersion
503.353.1911 ext 37736

Mayra Baires
Administrative Assistant | Federal Programs
503.353.6042 ext 36042