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


    Dual Language Immersion Application Timeline 2018

    The kindergarten application period for Union County Public Schools Dual Language Immersion programs will open February 1 and close March 29. Families of rising kindergarten students are encouraged to visit school websites for information about open house sessions and immersion parent meetings. Beginning February 1, applications will be posted on school websites that offer Dual Language Immersion programs. For more information and a list of schools that offer these programs, visit the links on the left.

    If a program is not full by the March 29, 2018 deadline, applications for the Dual Language Immersion program at that school will continue to be accepted.

    UCPS Dual Language Immersion Parent Information Meetings - Click HERE for a list of all Dual Language Immersion Parent Information Meetings 2018

    Application Process

    The application process for UCPS Dual Language Immersion programs is separate from Kindergarten Registration. Parents should register their child for kindergarten at their home school first. Information on UCPS Kindergarten Registration can be found on the UCPS Kindergarten Registration page.

    Parents must complete an application for their child to enter the lottery for Dual Language Immersion at the school where they would like their child to attend. UCPS does not take applications for students to enter a Dual Language Immersion program prior to the annual Kindergarten Registration period for rising kindergarteners.

    Information nights occur in the February to April timeframe each year per cluster. Dates will be posted on the school's website as they are scheduled. 

    Admission Guidelines

    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.