• We are excited that you are considering immersion for your child! Information about our application process and guidelines can be found below.

    The kindergarten application period for Union County Public Schools Dual Language Immersion programs will open on February 8, 2019. We will accept applications until March 31, 2019. The lottery will be conducted and families will be notified of their acceptance during the month of April. More details will be posted as they become available. 

    In order to apply for the DLI lottery, you must first enroll your child in kindergarten at your home school. Kindergarten registration begins on February 1, 2019. Additional information about kindergarten registration can be found here.

    Admission Guidelines

    Union County Public Schools holds a lottery each year to determine enrollment for kindergarten Dual Language Immersion classes. Students wishing to enroll after kindergarten should follow the late entry procedures listed below. There is no lottery for students other than rising kindergarteners.

    The following preferences apply for rising kindergarteners entering the lottery each spring:

    First preference is given to rising kindergarteners in the host school’s attendance zone. Rising kindergarten students who have siblings in the current program are included in the first preference regardless of home attendance zone. Transportation is only available to students in the attendance zone.

    Second preference will be given to other interested rising kindergarteners within the host school’s cluster. If the class does not reach capacity after the initial registration period for the host school’s attendance zone, any remaining spots will be determined with a random lottery. 

    Third preference will be given to other interested students residing anywhere in UCPS who have an approved transfer from the UCPS Central Office. A random lottery will be conducted to assign all seats remaining after the second preference seats have been filled.

    Waiting Lists - If the number of student applicants exceeds the space availability in the program, students will be placed on a waiting list. The order on the waiting list order is determined by random drawing and based on the preferences listed above. Students on the waitlist can only enter the program in kindergarten if space becomes available.

    Late Entry

    Those wishing to apply after the Kindergarten registration period should contact the school in their cluster about potential openings and language assessment in Mandarin or Spanish. Given the rising expectations of grade level success in the target language, it is rare for students to be accepted into the program after fall of First Grade.  

    Those interested parties who do not have a Dual Language Immersion program in their cluster or the language choice they desire can inquire about openings in other clusters. To view information about clusters and the current school year attendance maps, click here.