Saddleback Valley Unified School District

Saddleback Mountains overlooking RSM Lake

Dual Language Immersion (DLI)

The Saddleback Valley Unified School District K-12 Alternative School Language Academy, currently housed at Gates Elementary School, Los Alisos Intermediate School, and Laguna Hills High School, provides parents with a voluntary educational, parent choice option for their children. The goal of this program is to develop oral fluency and literacy in two languages, Spanish and English, while students are learning the district core curriculum.

Research shows that the second language is best acquired by language minority students when their first language is firmly established (Hakuta & Gould, 1987), and that a second language is best developed by language majority children through immersion in that language (Genesee, 1985). It is felt that the immersion of English proficient students in non-English instruction is beneficial for their acquisition of true communicative proficiency in the second language. Their English language skills, meanwhile, develop unimpeded due to the dominance of English in their socio-cultural environment. For the English language learner, instruction in their native language provides the necessary linguistic foundation for the later acquisition of English and the further development of full proficiency in both languages. In addition, students in the program achieve proficiency in academic subjects and cultivate an understanding and appreciation of other cultures.

For general questions regarding language immersion in our district during the regular school year, please call (949) 580-3347.

Dual Language Immersion Preschool Program

  Our Dual Language Immersion Preschool provides a nurturing, diverse environment where 3 - 4 year olds develop socially, emotionally, cognitively and physically while learning in Spanish.                                 


Dual Language Immersion Preschool Program Information Brochure

Dual Language Preschool Program Location and Staff

Dual Language Immersion Transitional Kindergarten (TK)

Dual Language Immersion Schools/Escuelas del Programa de Inmersión de Dos Idiomas



Dual Language at SVUSD



SV Shares Podcast - DLI Program

Listen in to this clip from Episode 5 of the Saddleback Valley Shares podcast as Mark Perez (Director of Language Acquisition) and Yvonne Estling (Director of Elementary Education) discuss the Dual Language Immersion program at SVUSD.




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