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Dual Language Immersion Program Lottery

Students learn Spanish at CEEMS

The kindergarten lottery for the Dual Language Immersion Program at Clyde Erwin Elementary Magnet School will open on Monday, June 29 and close on Friday, July 17. This lottery will be used to fill 17 kindergarten seats available in the CEEMS DLI program. 

For DLI students, Spanish is not taught as a separate subject; instead, instruction for all other subjects is taught in Spanish. Kindergarten students spend approximately 90 percent of their day immersed in Spanish and the remainder of their day learning in English. 

Students in language immersion programs typically develop greater flexibility in how they learn, including increased memory, superior problem-solving skills and improved attention. Typically, immersion students achieve as well as, or better than, non-immersion peers on tests administered in English that measure verbal and math skills. Immersion programs can also help students acheive more later in life, as many large worldwide companies actively seek employees who can communicate with ease in at least two languages. 

Children do not need any prior knowledge of the Spanish language to enroll. Our DLI teachers, who are native Spanish speakers, make sure to use exaggerated gestures and expressions to illustrate what they are saying. Student vocabulary is built quickly through songs, stories and activities. 

If you are interested in registering your child for the DLI program at CEEMS, you can sign up for the lottery, here, starting Monday, June 29: On the application website, click on the "Dual Language Spanish Immersion" link to apply; the link will go live at 12 a.m. on June 29.