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The Dual Language Immersion program is open to all MMSD students; however, it is only available at the schools and grade levels listed below. DLI is elective and has a lottery process for admittance. Parents/guardians must complete an online application to be considered for participation in the program. Completing an application does not guarantee that your child will be admitted to the program. Please read the information on this page carefully.

Informational Sessions

Parents/guardians are required to attend a DLI Parent Informational Session.  It is very important that parents/guardians understand the goals of the DLI program and understand that by enrolling your child in DLI, you are committing to keeping him/her in DLI (to the best of your ability) through at least 8th grade, minimally, due to the length of time it takes to learn a second language. Click here to see a schedule of DLI Parent Information Sessions.

2021-22 DLI Lottery

The 2021-22 school year DLI Lottery application opens on:

  • Friday, December 11, 2020 for currently enrolled students.
  • March 1, 2021 for new students to the district.

The application window closes on April, 30th, 2021 at 4 p.m. Lottery results will be mailed to parents/guardians beginning second week of May, 2021.

To apply for the 2021-22 school year, click on the red button at the top of this page, and make sure to choose the 2021-22 school year.

The Wisconsin public school open enrollment program allows parents to apply for their student to attend public school in a school district other than the one in which they reside. The Dual Language Immersion program is also available to students outside the MMSD school district. If you are not a current MMSD family and would like to apply, please contact the enrollment office at 608-663-4957enrollment@madison.k12.wi.us.

If you need assistance, please call the Office of Multilingual and Global Education 663-8440 or your school secretary. School phone numbers can be found here.

 

  • For any new student to the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD), online enrollment must be completed at mmsd.org/enroll and the online enrollment print-out should be taken to the home attendance area school to complete enrollment.  Parents/guardians may look up their home attendance area school here.

    4K and 5K Registration will open online on March 1. If you were unable to attend that day, you may still start the enrollment process by visiting mmsd.org/enroll. Print these forms and take them to the home attendance school to complete enrollment.

    *Dual Language Immersion is not a program option for 4 year-old kindergarten.  For information on 4K, please visit: mmsd.org/4K

  • 5 year-old Kindergarten

    After the application deadline, all applicants are entered in the school lotteries for which they applied.  Students who have a sibling in a DLI program are given first preference (regardless of residency) and students who reside in a DLI school's attendance area are also given preference over students outside the attendance area.

    All of the seats are filled at a ratio of 50:50-60:40 depending on the demographic makeup of the school's attendance area and the applicant pool.  Parents/guardians will be mailed a letter by the second week of May 2021 with the lottery results.  If there are more applicants than seats available, wait lists will be formed.

    If at any point after the lottery, through 2nd quarter, a student surrenders their seat in DLI, the next person on the wait list will be called.

    1st through 8th grade

    Parents/guardians may submit an application each year for their child to be considered.  Students with a sibling in the program and students in the attendance area are given preference.  All applications received by the lottery deadline are put through the lottery process forming a wait list. Any applications received after the lottery deadline will be added to the bottom of the waitlist in the order received.

    After the lottery deadline, the Madison Metropolitan School District will review the classroom sizes at the DLI schools where any 1st - 8th grade students applied. Parents/guardians will be contacted in the order determined by the lottery if a space becomes available. 

    In addition, students applying for DLI at higher grade levels (2nd - 8th grade) must either have been in a bilingual or dual language immersion program previously in their academic careers OR must demonstrate some fluency in both Spanish and English. 

    9th through 12th grade

    During the 2021 - 22 School Year:
    Students interested in taking DLI courses may indicate their interest on their course request cards, and will need to demonstrate Spanish language proficiency at a level corresponding with the prior years' ACFTL End of Year Benchmark.

  • Elementary Schools

    Allis Elementary School: Kindergarten- 5th grade

    Chávez Elementary: Kindergarten - 5th grade

    Falk Elementary School: Kindergarten - 4th grade

    Henderson Elementary: Kindergarten - 5th grade

    Leopold Elementary: Kindergarten - 5th grade

    Lincoln Elementary: 3rd - 5th grade

    Midvale Elementary: Kindergarten - 2nd grade

    Nuestro Mundo Community School: Kindergarten - 5th grade (Charter School)

    Sandburg Elementary: Kindergarten - 5th grade

    Schenk Elementary: Kindergarten - 5th grade

    Thoreau: Parents of Spanish-speaking English Language Learner students (ELLs) entering 5K in 2021-22 have the option of choosing to enroll their student in a DLI program which will result in placement in a DLI school.  All qualifying students will be accepted.  Students will be transported free of charge.

    Secondary Schools

    Cherokee Middle6th - 8th grade

    Jefferson Middle 6th - 8th grade

    Sennett Middle: 6th - 8th grade

    Sherman Middle: 6th - 8th grade

    La Follette High: 9th - 12th grade

    East High: 9th - 12th grade

    West High: 9th  -  12th grade

    Memorial High: 9th Grade - 11th grade

  • Students living outside of the attendance area of the schools where DLI is offered may apply; however, students living within each attendance area are given preference into the DLI program.

    • Preference into the Allis DLI program is given to students who reside in the Allis attendance area.
    • Preference into the Chávez DLI program is given to students who reside in the Chavez attendance area.
    • Preference into the Falk DLI program is given first to students who reside in the Falk attendance area and second to students who reside in the Orchard Ridge and Huegel attendances areas.  Transportation for students living in the Huegel and Orchard Ridge attendance areas is  available for students in the DLI program. 
    • Preference into the Glendale DLI program is given first to students who reside in the Glendale attendance area and second to students who reside in the Elvehjem and Kennedy attendances areas. Transportation for students living in the Elvehjem and Kennedy attendance areas is available for students in the DLI program. 
    • Preference into the Leopold DLI program is given to eligible students who reside in the Leopold attendance area and to students who reside in the Thoreau attendance area who are Spanish speaking ELLs. 
    • Preference into the Midvale/Lincoln DLI program is given to eligible students who reside in the Midvale/Lincoln attendance areas.
    • Preference into the Nuestro Mundo DLI program is given to eligible students who reside in the Allis attendance area.
    • Preference into the Sandburg DLI program is given to eligible students who reside in the Sandburg attendance area.
    • Preference into the Schenk DLI program is given to eligible students who reside in the Schenk attendance area.
    • Preference into the Cherokee DLI Program is given to eligible students who reside in the Cherokee attendance area and students from Lincoln DLI program. 
    • Preference into the Jefferson DLI Program is given to prior Chavez DLI students and eligible students living in the Jefferson attendance area.
    • Preference into the Sherman DLI program is given to eligible students who reside in the Sherman attendance area.
    • Preference into the Sennett DLI program is given to eligible students who reside in the Sennett attendance area.
    • Preference into the La Follette DLI program is given to eligible students who reside in the La Follette attendance area.

    Preference is also given to siblings and twins of students already enrolled in a MMSD DLI program. This preference is only for siblings in the same household in order to keep families together in the same attendance area/school.

  • In DLI, students are taught in both English and a target language; in the case of MMSD, Spanish. Our programs are "two way," which means that about half of the students are native Spanish-speakers and half of the students are native English-speakers. Every student in the classroom is a model of their native language and a learner of a second language. This student makeup is essential for the design and success of the program. Therefore, as a part of the lottery process, the classrooms are built at a 50:50 to 60:40 ratio based on language background.

 

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