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Dual Immersion

Dual Immersion is no longer accepting applications for the 2024-2025 School year.

If you would like to have your child considered for enrolment in the DLI program please enter them on the waitlist of your choice.

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Questions and Answers

What is Dual Immersion?

Dual Language Immersion provides a way to learn academic content while acquiring another language at the same time.  Students receive math, science, and social studies instruction in a target language, such as Spanish, Chinese, French, German,  Russian, or Portuguese. The teaching strategies used supports students in learning the concepts and skills for the subject area and develop the ability to read, write, speak, and listen in another target language.

The goals are for the students to develop literacy skills in both English and the target language while attaining academic achievement that is at or above their grade level as measured by Utah Core Testing.

More than 40 years of research consistently documents the power of immersion programs to help students attain high levels of second language proficiency. No other type of instruction, short of living in a second-language environment, is as successful.

Young children especially thrive in this type of instructional environment.  Additionally, language immersion is also the least expensive way to deliver second-language instruction.

What are the Benefits of the Dual Immersion Program?

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  • Academic/Educational 
    • Perform at or above their non-immersion peers on standardized tests administered in English
    • Achieve high levels of functional proficiency in the immersion language, i.e. display fluency, confidence, and native-like levels of comprehension in the immersion language
  • Cognitive
    • Achieve metalinguistic awareness
    • Achieve high levels of proficiency 
    • Attain greater cognitive flexibility and better non-verbal problem-solving abilities
    • Outperform monolinguals in the areas of divergent thinking, pattern recognition, and problem-solving
  • Sociocultural
    • Allows access to foreign media, literature, and art
    • Helps students understand, navigate, and enjoy intercultural differences
    • Leads to respect, positive attitudes, and an appreciation of linguistic and cultural diversity
    • Helps students better understand their own culture
  • Economic 
    • World language abilities are increasingly important to national security, delivery of health care, economic competitiveness, and law enforcement in the United States.
    • Future high-level, high-paying jobs will require competence in more than one language.
  • Parents’ Responsibilities
    • Commit to long-term participation in the dual immersion program (a completed Parent Commitment form must be completed and submitted upon acceptance to a dual immersion program).
    • Develop an understanding of dual immersion education.
    • Read with your child in English 20-30 minutes daily.
    • Encourage the use of the target language outside of school hours.
    • Provide community support and, when possible, volunteer.
    • Enjoy the challenges, celebrate the results.
How do I apply for the Dual Immersion Program?

Entering Dual Immersion is done in one of two ways in Washington County School District…

#1- First Grade Lottery (if your student is not selected they can go on a waiting list)

#2- New move-ins need to contact the school they plan to attend to see if space is available and show proficiency in the language. In some cases, the student may be placed on a waitlist depending on the room in the program.

Application or Wait-list does not imply or guarantee admission to any Dual Immersion Program. To apply for the waitlist follow this link.

Which schools have Dual Immersion programs?


Arrowhead Elementary Kim Heki Chinese 435-674-2027
Bloomington Elementary    Susan Moore Chinese 435-673-6266
Horizon Elementary April Heath Chinese 435-652-4781
Santa Clara Elementary James Lowe Chinese 435-628-2624
Three Falls Elementary Jennifer Eggleston Chinese 435-635-7229
Hurricane Intermediate Terri Howell Chinese 435-635-8931
Lava Ridge Intermediate Launa Williams Chinese 435-652-4742
Tonaquint Intermediate Desirae Roden Chinese 435-688-2238
Washington Fields Intermediate Brooks Bergeson Chinese 435-634-7020
Crimson Cliffs Middle Brian Stevenson Chinese 435-634-7010
Dixie Middle Paul Hurt Chinese 435-628-0441
Hurricane Middle Shaun Jaggi Chinese 435-635-4634
Snow Canyon Middle Jerrod Dastrup Chinese 435-674-6474
Crimson Cliff High School Rusty Taylor Chinese 435-627-8770
Dixie High School Warren Brooks Chinese 435-627-0441
Hurricane High School Daniel Mckeehan Chinese 435-635-3280
Snow Canyon High School Kim Monkres Chinese


Understanding the AAPPL test.

This link will take you to a brochure that will explain the AAPPL test, how it is administered and scored as well as give you a rating scale to judge where your student is at or where they should be working to be at in their current grade.

Select one of the Questions to the left to expand for the information regarding it. 

Culture, History and Media Courses 

This course is part of a four-course series. The course builds cultural-linguistic skills necessary for successful intercultural communication with native speakers (reading, writing, speaking, and listening.)

Available to all Dual Language Immersion students in 8th and 9th grade as a one-semester class.


Fall 2024


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DLI Chinese Culture & History A Civilization

Spring 2025


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DLI Chinese Culture & History B Discovery

Fall 2023


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DLI Chinese Culture & History C Independence

Spring 2024


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DLI Chinese Culture & History D Contemporary


Fall 2023


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DLI Spanish Culture & History A Civilization

Spring 2024


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DLI Spanish Culture & History B Discover

Fall 2024


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DLI Spanish Culture & History C Independence

Spring 2025


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DLI Spanish Culture & History D Contemporary