Dual Language Programs

San Diego Unified School District's (SDUSD) multilingual programs are anchored to the three pillars of dual language: 1. Bilingual/biliteracy, 2. High academic achievement in both program languages, and 3. Social competence. Our dual language programs offer several options for students to acquire a second language.


Golden Hill students

We are proud of the fact that our Dual Language Programs create opportunities for students to learn to celebrate and honor diversity in people and use the classroom experience as an opportunity to connect socially and academically. Students enrolled in these programs have the opportunity to earn the California State Seal of Biliteracy. San Diego Unified foreign language programs include:

Two-way Language Immersion

  • Blends two language education models: for English only speakers and a bilingual maintenance model for English learners.  
  • Students learn from one another and support each other's second language acquisition.  
  • Develop linguistic and academic competence in two languages; their native language and one more. 
  • A 50:50 program model includes an equal distribution of English and Spanish in Grades K-5. A 90:10 model begins with kindergarten spending 90 percent of the time in Spanish and 10 percent in English.


One-way Language Immersion

  • Referred to as One-Way Immersion programs
  • Designed for one linguistic group of students to acquire a second language.  
  • They vary in intensity and structure according to the model implemented. 


One-Way Developmental Biliteracy

  • Comprised of Spanish-speaking EL’s (IFEP and RFEP students can also participate)
  • Develops high levels of academic proficiency in the student’s primary language, simultaneous with the development of language and academic proficiencies in a second language (English). 
  • Spanish and English literacy instruction is part of the student’s academic experience in Kinder-12th grade.


High School Dual Language Pathway

  • High School Dual Language pathway programs offer coursework that continues dual language programs.
  • Content courses are taught in the corresponding target language.
  • Students have the opportunity to receive the CA State Seal of Biliteracy.