• dual language  UCPS Schools with Dual Language Immersion Programs


    Mandarin Immersion - One-Way

    English speakers focus on learning a partner language as the sole language of instruction for math, science, social studies and language arts in the ‘target language’ (the new language).

    • Students focus on math, science, social studies and language arts in Mandarin. English is introduced from the start of kindergarten or in 2nd or 3rd In UCPS, one-way immersion students learning Mandarin begin formal instruction in English language arts (in addition to Mandarin) in kindergarten.
    • In middle school, students learn at least one content area (science and/or social studies) in Mandarin in 6th and 7th grades. In 8th grade, students take an advanced language immersion course for high school credit. In addition, students have the option to participate in an extracurricular immersion club.

    Kensington Elementary

    Marvin Elementary

    Marvin Ridge Middle


    Spanish Immersion - One-Way

    English speakers focus on learning a partner language as the sole language of instruction for math, science, social studies and language arts in the ‘target language’ (the new language).

    • Students focus on Spanish until 2nd or 3rd grade when English is introduced. In UCPS, one-way immersion students learning Spanish begin formal instruction in English language arts in 2nd grade. 
    • In middle school, students learn at least one content area (science and/or social studies) in Spanish in 6th and 7th grades. In 8th grade, students take an advanced language immersion course for high school credit. In addition, students have the option to participate in an extracurricular immersion club.

    Antioch Elementary

    Piedmont Middle

    Poplin Elementary

    Shiloh Valley Primary

    Shiloh Valley Elementary

    Sun Valley Middle

    Unionville Elementary

    Weddington Elementary

    Western Union Elementary


    Spanish Immersion - Two-Way (50/50 model)

    English speakers and speakers of another language (i.e. Spanish) learn language arts in their home language and another language as well as one or more content areas (math, science and social studies). In a two-way immersion program, students split the instructional day into two languages.

    • Students learn language arts in both Spanish and English, starting in kindergarten or 1st grade, depending on the school. Students will learn math, science, and social studies in either Spanish or English, depending on the grade level. 

    East Elementary

    Marshville Elementary

    Walter Bickett Elementary


     Spanish Immersion - Two-Way (Full + 50/50 model)

    English speakers and Spanish speakers become bilingual, biliterate and bicultural by learning Spanish and English together. In kindergarten and 1st grade, these students use Spanish as the sole language of instruction for math, science, social studies and language arts. In second grade, the model shifts and students spend 50% of their day learning in English and 50% of their day learning in Spanish. Students will learn math and language arts in Spanish and science, social studies, and Language Arts in English.

    Porter Ridge Elementary

    Wingate Elementary 


    Middle School Immersion Continuation

    Students will take a yearlong elective course in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade to bridge the content-based instructional focus in elementary school with the language-based curriculum in high school. The curriculum will include a blend of global perspectives and cultural content while also focusing on grammatical and lexical accuracy. Students will continue to read, write, speak, and listen in the target language to maintain and increase their proficiency. The curriculum uses the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as a focus. Students will have the opportunity to earn one high school credit upon successful completion of both the 6th and 7th grade DLI courses as well as one high school credit for successful completion of the 8th grade DLI course. These courses will be available to students who were enrolled in Dual Language Immersion in elementary school as well as heritage speakers with literacy skills in their native language, pending availability. 

    Mandarin

    Marvin Ridge Middle School

    Spanish

    Parkwood Middle

    Piedmont Middle

    Porter Ridge Middle

    Sun Valley Middle

    Weddington Middle