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Dual Language Immersion


The Santa Paula Unified School District launched its new Spanish Dual Language Immersion Program at Glen City Elementary School in August of 2020, kicking off with its first cohort of Transitional Kindergarten (TK) Students.  Dual Language Immersion Programs promote bilingualism and biliteracy, grade-level academic achievement, and cross-cultural competency. 

Following the rollout of the TK class  in 2020-21, the strand will grow to include two Kindergarten classes in 2021-22. Accordingly, the strand will continue to grow and add subsequent grade levels each academic year. The ultimate vision is a DLI strand from TK to 12th grade.  

Teachers will use California standards-aligned core curriculum with instruction delivered 90% of the day in Spanish and 10% in English. This gradually shifts until by the end of 5th grade, 50% of the school day is spent in each language. At the secondary level, half of the necessary courses will be taught in Spanish and the other half in English. 


The Dual Language Immersion program is available to incoming TK and K students for the 2024-2025 school year.

*To be eligible for Transitional Kindergarten (TK) DLI in the 2024-2025 school year, children must turn 5 years old between September 2, 2024, and June 1, 2025. 

*To be eligible for Kindergarten DLI, your child must turn 5 by September 1, 2024.




Are you ready to give your child the gift of a second language and open doors to a brighter future? Look no further than the phenomenal Spanish Dual Immersion (DLI) Program at Santa Paula Unified School District's Glen City Global S.T.E.A.M.² Academy!

Our expertly designed DLI program is your child's passport to success, promoting bilingualism, biliteracy, grade-level academic achievement, and cross-cultural competency. Watch as your child effortlessly absorbs a new language, expands their horizons, and develops a deep appreciation for diverse cultures.

But that's not all! Our program is built upon the three pillars of dual language: 1) bilingual/biliteracy, 2) high academic achievement in both program languages, and 3) social competence. We offer a variety of options for students to acquire a second language, ensuring that every child's unique learning style is nurtured and celebrated.

At Santa Paula Unified School District, we believe that language is the key to unlocking a world of opportunities. By enrolling your child in our DLI program, you're not just giving them a language education; you're providing them with the tools to connect socially and academically, celebrate diversity, and become global citizens.

Imagine the pride you'll feel as your child effortlessly navigates between languages, excels academically, and develops a profound understanding and respect for different cultures. With the Dual Language Immersion Program, the possibilities are endless!

Don't miss this incredible opportunity to invest in your child's future. Enroll now in the Dual Language Immersion Program at Glen City Global S.T.E.A.M.² Academy and watch your child soar to new heights!

Common Misconceptions Regarding DLI Programs

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Vision Statement

SPUSD is committed to empowering our multilinguals with an asset-based approach to achieve high-linguistic and academic proficiency to excel in the 21st century.


Mission Statement 

The Santa Paula Unified School District’s (SPUSD) Dual Language Immersion (DLI)  Program, in collaboration with educators, parents and the community, will prepare students academically, emotionally, and socially for college, careers, global citizenship, and lifelong learning. Through research-based practices, all students are provided with diverse, differentiated experiences and learning opportunities by a highly skilled educational team in order to promote multilingualism and multiliteracy, high academic achievement in Spanish and English, and sociocultural competencies in a safe and supportive learning environment.