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Dual Language

Dual Language

Dual language immersion (DLI)

The dual language immersion two-way bilingual program model in Northside is research-based. The dual language model seeks to create bilingual, biliterate, and bicultural students by developing their academic proficiency in English and Spanish. This program serves K-8 English learners and Non-English learners at 20 elementary schools and two middle schools. ELs who are reclassified may continue participating in the dual language program. TAC 89.1210 (d)(3).


Classroom Structures / Models

For the 2020-2021 school year, we will begin the Dual Language program in Kindergarten and 1st grade and add a grade level each ensuing year.  Grades 6th – 8th, DLI programs are available at selected middle schools (Stinson & Sul Ross Middle Schools).


Dual Language classroom composition whenever possible:

50% English learners (EL); 50% native English speakers (Non-EL)



Dual language grade levels

Cluster Campuses


Kinder & 1st

Adams Hill, Fisher, Michael & Valley Hi

Expectations for Parents

  • Support your children’s linguistic, academic, and sociocultural development
  • Commit to completing the elementary program
  • Participate in a minimum of three meetings per year regarding the DLI program or academic achievement
  • Promote, advocate, and support the DLI program.
  • Commit to participation in the program for a minimum of 5-6 years
  • Encourage use of the second language at home and in the community


Expectations for Students

  • Participate in the DLI program in the elementary grades
  • Participate in dual language activities during and after school, as available
  • Use the second language at home and in the community
  • Value multiculturalism
  • Maintain high levels of  learning, conduct, and attendance

For more information check out NISD Elementary Bilingual Dual



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