DLI Programming is available at the following schools and grade levels for the 2019-20 school year:
Allis Elementary School: Kindergarten- 3rd grade
Chávez Elementary: Kindergarten - 5th grade
Falk Elementary School: Kindergarten - 2nd grade
Glendale 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- 3rd grade
Thoreau: Parents of Spanish-speaking English Language Learner students (ELLs) entering 5K in 2019-20 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.
Cherokee Middle: 6th - 8th grade
Jefferson Middle 6th - 8th grade
Sennett Middle: 6th - 8th grade
Sherman Middle: 6th -8th grade
La Follette High: 9th -12th grade
West High: 9th - 10th- grade
East High: 9th- grade
For any new student to the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD), online enrollment must be completed at www.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 at https://webapp1.madison.k12.wi.us/webapp1/find_your_school/
4K and 5K Registration will be held in March 4th of 2019 from 2 pm to 6 pm at all MMSD Elementary Schools. If you were unable to attend that day, you may still start the enrollment process by visiting www.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: www.mmsd.org/4K
The Dual Language Immersion program is open to all MMSD students; however, it is only available at the schools and grade levels listed above. Students living outside of the attendance area of the schools above may apply; however, students living within each attendance area are given preference into the DLI program.
Attendance Area Preference:
- 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.
DLI is elective and has a lottery process for admittance. Parents/guardians must complete an online application which must be submitted to be considered for participation in the program. Completing an application does not guarantee that your child will be admitted to the program.
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. Please click here to see a schedule of DLI Parent Information Sessions.
Application window opens Monday, December 17th, 2018 for currently enrolled students.
Application window opens February 25th, 2019 for new students to the district.
Application window closes on April 26th, 2019 at 4 pm.
Lottery results will be mailed to parents/guardians beginning May 10, 2019.
If you need assistance, please call the Office of Multilingual and Global Education 663-8440 or the school Secretary.
Middle & High School
Staff can help you apply over the phone. You will receive an email acknowledging your application to the DLI lottery was received (if you provided an email address). If you do not receive confirmation within one week of submission, please contact the school Secretary or email email@example.com.
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.
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 end of May 2016 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 2019-20 School Year:
La Follette High School (9-12th), West High School (9-10th) and East High School (9th) will offer classes during the 2019-20 school year designed for academically Spanish Language Proficient students: United States History in Spanish (9th), World History in Spanish (10th), Modern U.S. History (11th) and, Latin-American Studies (12th), Spanish Literature & Language Arts I (9th), Spanish Literature & Language Arts II (10th), AP SPanish Language and Culture (11th), AP Spanish Language and Literature (12th). These classes will focus on the continuation of developing a student's Spanish Language Proficiency through the academic content of the class.
Students interested in taking these 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.