Dual Language Immersion is a unique educational program offered in Franklin-McKinley School District (FMSD) that builds student bilingualism and biliteracy in two languages. In Franklin-McKinley School District we offer:
Spanish Dual Language Immersion (Starting Fall 2020)
Vietnamese Dual Language Immersion
The Vietnamese Dual Language Immersion Program integrates native English speaking and English language learning Vietnamese speaking students in the same classroom. The teacher provides academic instruction through two languages, one of which is the primary language of each group (Vietnamese and English). Students continue to learn standards-based content while they become fluent in two languages; linguistically and academically.
The Spanish Dual Language Immersion Program will serve students in a similar way starting in the Fall of 2020. Children must be of Kindergarten age in the Fall of 2020 to participate. Families do not need to live within the Franklin-McKinley School District boundaries to participate.
The goals of each program include:
Academic achievement in English and Spanish or Vietnamese
Language skills in English and Vietnamese for students who speak Vietnamese AND for students who speak English and wish to learn Vietnamese as a second language.
Language skills in English and Spanish for students who speak Spanish AND for students who speak English and wish to learn Spanish as a second language.
Benefits of Dual Language Immersion
Achieve high academic achievement in two languages
Speak fluently in two languages
Be equipped with skills to succeed in a global economy
Foster cross-cultural competency
Gain a competitive edge for college, scholarships, and career opportunities
Build leadership and self-confidence
Develop strong school and family connections
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is the Vietnamese Dual Language Program located?
Windmill Springs School (2880 Aetna Way, San Jose, CA), a Transitional Kindergarten to 8th grade school. Learn more about Windmill Springs School here.
Where is the Spanish Dual Language Program located?
The location of the Spanish Dual Language Program will become available in December of 2019.
Who can participate?
Each program will be enrolling children who will be entering Kindergarten in the fall of 2020. Children must turn 5 on or before September 1, 2020 to be eligible.
Do you have to live within the Franklin-McKinley School District area to enroll your child?
No. Children do not need to live within the Franklin-McKinley School District boundaries to participate. Priority will be given to children living within the District boundaries. However, families with children who live outside the District boundaries can submit a transfer request with their District of residence to enroll their child in this program.
Dual Language Program on Asian Pacific America with Robert Handa
Vietnamese Dual Language Immersion Program Brochures