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:
According to policy 4-13, a rising kindergarten student will be allowed to transfer into the dual language program at the school where his/her older sibling is currently enrolled in a dual language class. The rising kindergarten student must enroll and remain in the dual language program to be eligible under this option.
First preference is given to rising kindergarteners in the host school’s 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 EntryAccording to the policy manual for the Union County Board of Education,
4-13 AG(A) - SCHOOL ASSIGNMENTThe lottery for certain Special Program Schools (i.e. CATA, UCEC, IB, IBPP, and DLI) is only conducted at specific grade levels. For example:
• DLI lottery is only run for rising kindergarteners; and
• CATA, UCEC, and IBPP are only run for rising 9th graders.Parents who wish to enroll their children in one of these Special Program Schools after the specified admission grade are subject to the following qualifications, in addition to those criteria already established for the Special Program School:
• The family is moving into UCPS and is coming from a school with a similar program.
• The family is moving into UCPS from a country where the language of the DLI program is the native language (DLI only).
• There is space in the program where the family wishes to enroll (DLI, IB, and IBPP only).
For DLI only, once a family has met the above qualifications, the District will administer an assessment of the child’s ability to read, write, speak, and listen in the target language. If the student’s proficiency is at a level determined to be equivalent to his/her grade level peers, the student will be granted admission into the DLI program. This assessment will only be conducted during the initial enrollment period of the family moving into UCPS.
Students who are currently enrolled in UCPS are not eligible to enter a Special Program School with a specific entry grade after the entry lottery has taken place.
To view the full administrative guidelines, please visit http://bit.ly/4-13ag.