Language Immersion and other Alternative Programs

District Program

Our district is working diligently to provide opportunities for our students to expand their linguistic repertoire to meet the ever-changing needs of the global society.  As a result, language immersion programs have become a pathway for our students to acquire fluent literacy skills in both English and their home language.

Language immersion is a method of teaching a second language in which the target language is used for instruction. Target language is defined as a language other than English such as Spanish, Hmong, Cantonese, or Mandarin. By way of a language immersion program, students will receive instruction where English and the target language are used as teaching tools and students are “immersed” in the second language.

Dual immersion programs have increased in the United States since the 1980s for a number of reasons: competition in a global economy, a growing population of English language learners, and the success of previous programs.  Language immersion classes, in an array of languages, can now be found in urban and suburban areas throughout the United States.

Give your child a competitive edge in the global economy by enrolling them in one of SCUSD’s language immersion programs. In language immersion classrooms, students have the enriching experience of becoming bi-literate in English and another language — Chinese, Hmong or Spanish.

All SCUSD’s alternative language programs include the required integrated and designated ELD for students who are English learners.  The SCUSD alternative language programs, including immersion, are listed below.

Contact the specific school to find out about Enrollment opportunities.

Chinese Immersion Programs

  • Elder Creek Elementary
  • William Land Elementary

Watch video on our Chinese immersion programs

Hmong Immersion Program

  • Susan B. Anthony Elementary

Watch video on our Hmong immersion program

Spanish Immersion or Bilingual Programs

  • Edward Kemble Elementary
  • Cesar Chavez Elementary
  • Ethel Phillips Elementary
  • Bowling Green Charter Chacon Language & Science Academy