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    For additional information about the 2021 Dual Language Immersion (DLI) Kindergarten lottery, please visit the Admission Guidelines page. To read the latest DLI Parent Newsletter, please click here. This is also shared with principals and teachers who send it out to parents.

  • Overview of Dual Language Immersion in Union County Public Schools

    Union County Public Schools has language immersion programs in 20 schools and two languages, in grades kindergarten through 8th grade. Students enter the programs through a lottery conducted during the kindergarten registration process. Preferences for the lottery are based on the student's home address and home school assignment. Students who have older siblings in a language immersion program are guaranteed a seat in the immersion program at the same school.

    Schools with One-Way Mandarin Immersion Programs (all core content is taught in Mandarin; Engilsh is introduced in kindergarten):

    • Kensington Elementary (pause in Kindergarten lottery for 2021-2022*)
    • Marvin Elementary (pause in Kindergarten lottery for 2021-2022*)

    *Pause approved during the February 18, 2021 Curriculum Committee. BOE final decision on March 2, 2021. 

    Schools with One-Way Spanish Immersion Programs (all core content is taught in Spanish; English is introduced in 2nd grade):

    • Antioch Elementary
    • Poplin Elementary
    • Shiloh Valley Primary
    • Shiloh Valley Elementary
    • Unionville Elementary
    • Weddington Elementary
    • Western Union Elementary

    Schools with Two-Way Spanish Immersion Programs (core content is split between Spanish and English; English is introduced in K, 1st, or 2nd grade):

    • East Elementary
    • Marshville Elementary
    • Porter Ridge Elementary
    • Walter Bickett Elementary
    • Wingate Elementary

    Middle schools with Immersion Continuation Programs (immersion offered as a year-long elective):

    • Marvin Ridge Middle (Mandarin)
    • Parkwood Middle (Spanish)
    • Piedmont Middle (Spanish)
    • Porter Ridge Middle (Spanish)
    • Sun Valley Middle (Spanish)
    • Weddington Middle (Spanish)

    During the 2020-2021 school year due to COVID-19, UCPS is offering a DLI Virtual Spanish Academy for students already enrolled in the Dual Language Immersion program who would like to learn in a virtual setting. Students from all Spanish immersion schools are enrolled in the virtual academy. Core content is split between Spanish and English. English Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies are taught in English while Spanish Language Arts and Math are taught in Spanish. 


  • For more information about the DLI models in UCPS, visit the links below.


    UCPS partners with Participate to provide support for Dual Language/Immersion. Participate partners with schools and districts to provide dual language curriculum resources, teacher training, overseas hiring and support services. For 30 years, educators have used Participate’s professional development and curriculum, language acquisition and cultural exchange teacher programs to create engaging learning environments that empower teachers and inspire students to create impact on a global scale. Participate is headquartered in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.


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