• FAQ

  • Which sites will have Dual Immersion in the fall of 2021?

    Birney Elementary, Grand Terrace Elementary and Ruth Grimes Elementary will each have a Dual Immersion Kindergarten strand (one to two classes) this fall.  

    Am I able to enroll my child in Dual Immersion if our home school is not Birney, Grand Terrace or Ruth Grimes?

    Any Kindergartener student may apply for the Dual Immersion program at one of the theww elementary schools where we offer it.

    I applied for the Dual Immersion program for my student but have not heard if they were accepted. By when should I know? 

    If you applied for the transfer within the application window of 01-15-2021 through 03-01-2021, you may receive a response by mail in June. If you have not received a response by June or if your application was submitted after the transfer window please contact student services (909-580-6525) for an update. 

    Does the Dual Immersion program stop at 6th grade?

    No, CJUSD currently offers Dual Immersion classes for 7th and 8th grade students. Please visit our website periodically to find out about updates related to the expansion of our Dual Immersion program. 

    If neither Birney, Grand Terrace or Grimes is my child’s homeschool but my child is in the Dual Immersion program will CJUSD provide transportation?

    No, if Birney, Grand Terrace or Grimes is not your homeschool families are responsible for the transportation of their child to and from school.

    What is the difference between Dual Immersion at Birney Elementary, Grand Terrace Elementary and Grimes Elementary?

    There is no difference in the program offered at the three schools. 

    If I’ve already enrolled my child in my home school in CJUSD can I also apply to get them into the Dual Immersion program?

    Yes, in fact that is the proper way to go about enrolling your child. First, enroll them in your home school and then apply for an Intradistrict transfer to get into the Dual Immersion program.

    Can my child enter the Dual Immersion program at any grade?

    No, students can only enroll for Dual Immersion in Kindergarten or the first semester of their first grade.

    If my oldest child is in the Dual Immersion program, will their younger sibling automatically secure a spot in the program when they start Kindergarten?

    No.  Enrollment is based on space availability. Please enroll your Kinder on the 1st day of priority enrollment (dates) for the best opportunity to receive a spot.

    Will receiving instruction primarily in Spanish in grades K-3 slow inhibit my child’s academic performance?

    No, in fact research shows that students who remain in a dual language program through 6th grade tend to outperform their monolingual peers.

    If my child is a CJUSD student when should I apply for a transfer from my home school to one of the DI schools?

    All transfers should be made during the transfer window of January 15, 2021 to March 1, 2021.

    If my child is a CJUSD student can I apply for a transfer even after the window closes on March 1, 2021?

    Yes, however, transfer requests made after March 1st. may be considered based on availability.

    If my child is NOT a CJUSD student when should I apply for a transfer to one of the DI schools in CJUSD?

    All transfers should be made during the transfer window of January 15, 2021 to March 1, 2021.

    If my child is NOT a CJUSD student can I apply for a transfer even after the window closes on March 1, 2021?

    Yes, however, transfer requests made after March 1st. are considered based on availability.

    What happens if I apply but there are no more spaces available?

    If the number of applicants exceeds the space available a lottery will be held. 

    Does my child need any preparation before they start the program?

    No special preparation is necessary for a child to enroll in Dual Immersion.  

    Will my child be confused with the two languages?

    No, children know when the teacher is using Spanish and when the teacher is using English.