Dual Language Lottery
Each year mandatory parent meetings are held to explain the dual language program. Generally there are two meetings, one in January and one in February, before K registration (parent need only attend one). See current dates below.
Parents who currently have students in the dual program are asked to attend one of the two mandatory 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 a registration form during Kindergarten Registration. This is the only way to be entered into the lottery.
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.
Incoming Kindergarten and Dual Language Timeline:
Kindergarten and Kindergarten Dual Option Information Nights:
- Jan. 30th 6:00-7:00 at the Primary Building
- Feb. 15th 6:00-7:00 at the Primary Building
Dual Lottery Registration:
- March 10th at the Primary building, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm. This take place during incoming Kindergarten registration .
Dual Language Lottery Drawing:
- April 3rd 9:30-10:00 at the Education Support Center, 1105 North Hunt Club Rd., Gurnee, IL 60031
- Parents are welcome to attend but this in not mandatory. Results will be posted later that day.