On February 9, 2021, we hosted a Facebook live presentation for all of our incoming kindergarten families. The presentation covered our timeline of upcoming dates like registration, the Dual Language lottery and resources for making the decision that is right for you as a family.
Below are links to the recorded presentation and the actual presentation slides.
Kindergarten Dual Language Lottery
Dual Language Lottery
Each year mandatory parent meetings are held to explain the dual language program. See current dates below.
Parents who currently have students in the dual program are still asked to attend dual meetings if they have a younger child coming into kindergarten in the fall. This is done to insure new updates and important information are communicated effectively. The parents can also provide a “parent perspective” to those in the audience.
Who should enter the Dual Language Lottery?
Parents wanting their child to be bilingual and biliterate in English and Spanish, and interested in making a commitment to the Dual Language Program through 5th grade should enter the lottery.
Any non-Spanish-speaking student may have the option to enter the lottery for a seat in one of ten kindergarten Dual Language classes (5 sets of partner teachers). All students who enter the lottery and do not retain a seat will be placed on a wait list.
Any native Spanish-speaking students will have their English proficiency assessed using the KMODEL. Depending on the overall score, a student will automatically retain a seat in the Dual Language Program. If the child is found to be English proficient, he or she may be placed in the lottery (assuming the family filled out a preregistration form). Any parent who is not sure of their child's language proficiency and wants their child to be bilingual and biliterate should enter the lottery.
What is the Dual Language Lottery Process?
Some schools years there are more students interested in entering the Dual Language Lottery than space permits. Half of the spaces in the dual language program are reserved for Limited English proficient students who speak Spanish or come from a Spanish speaking home the other half of the spaces are reserved for students entering the "lottery".
Parents interested in making a commitment to the Dual Language Program through 5th grade are asked to fill out a Dual Language Lottery form at Kindergarten registration. This form assigns a child a number and enters him/her into the Dual Language Lottery. Lottery numbers are mailed home after Kindergarten registration.
The lottery is held at a later date in the spring. The district uses a random number generator program to conduct the lottery. The random, numbered list produced is used to place students into the Dual Language Program. Parents are welcome to attend the lottery, but it is not necessary. All results will be posted on the district website.
All families interested in the Dual Language Program must complete the Dual Language Lottery Registration Form when you register Kindergarten using our Virtual Registration Process. This is the only way to be entered into the lottery. The lottery registration and kindergarten registration process will open on March 15, 2021. The last day to register for the dual language lottery is May 31, 2021.
What is a the Dual Language Wait List?
Some schools years there are more students interested in entering the Dual Language Lottery than space permits. Half of the spaces in the dual language program are reserved for Limited English proficient students who speak Spanish or come from a Spanish speaking home. Those that do not retain a space in Dual Language will be placed in a general education class and place on the Dual Language Wait List.
Once the wait list has been established, it will remain in effect for the duration of kindergarten and the beginning of first grade. Please note that after first grade English-speaking students are not eligible to enter the Dual Language Program.