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Language Program Options

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SBCUSD provides multiple language learning options for English learners and for native English speakers interested in developing proficiency in another language.

All program options provide Integrated and Designated ELD/SLD on a daily basis.
  1. English Language Mainstream/Structured English Immersion
  2. Dual Immersion
  3. Maintenance Bilingual
  4. Transitional Bilingual
  5. Trilingual Immersion (available at Belvedere Elementary)

All programs are designed for students to develop proficiency in English and to provide grade-level academic content.

Some programs focus primarily on English language development (Transitional Bilingual and ELM), while other programs are designed to develop biliteracy (Maintenance Bilingual, Dual Immersion).


Mainstream/Structured English Immersion (ELM/SEI)
Nearly all instruction is provided in English and designed for students who are learning English. At minimum, students are offered ELD and access to grade level academic subject matter content.

Dual Immersion
Language learning and academic instruction is provided for native English speakers and native Spanish speakers. This program is designed to develop high academic achievement, biliteracy, and cross-cultural understanding. Dual Immersion is available for students in grades TK-12th. For Dual Immersion brochures, select English or Spanish.

Maintenance Bilingual
Language learning and academic instruction is provided to English learners and reclassified students who are native Spanish speakers. This program is designed to develop high academic achievement, biliteracy, and cross-cultural understanding. It begins in TK and continues through sixth grade.

Transitional Bilingual
Instruction utilizing English and Spanish for literacy and academic skills is provided to English learners, enabling them to achieve English proficiency while meeting state-adopted academic achievement goals. Students transition to all instruction in English in the fifth grade, but may continue to receive instruction in Spanish as needed and if they have not yet been reclassified.

Trilingual Immersion

Promotes bilingualism and biliteracy in English and Spanish for both native English speakers and English learner students, while introducing Vietnamese as a third language. For Trilingual Immersion brochures, select English or Spanish.



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