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.

2020 Two-Way Immersion Graduates 

Congratulations to the Two-Way Immersion (TWI) graduates from Laguna Hills High School! Recognized as a partnering district with International Spanish Academies, our high-quality TWI program promotes biliteracy in both Spanish and English, as students develop linguistic and cultural proficiency toward a well-rounded and global education. 
Our 2020 TWI seniors have demonstrated their commitment to the Spanish language and culture by participating in our K-12 articulated program that began at Gates Elementary School, continued at Los Alisos Intermediate and culminated in Laguna Hills High School.  For more than a decade, this exemplary group of students have participated in a program that embodies our state and our nations’ goal toward developing students with language and literacy skills in multiple languages, and whose cross-cultural competence prepare them to be productive and thoughtful members of our global society.   
Brandon Acuna Flores 
Siobhan Angeles 
Max Barauna-Lindelof 
Rosalyn Belt 
Maribel Candelario 
Rocco Catalasan 
Kayla Chang 
Lina Chang 
Ethan Ervais 
Sandra Espinosa 
Carlos Figueiras
Alexa Fitzpatrick 
Gabriela Garcia 
Daniela Garcia 
Amanda Goda 
Grace Hart 
Zoey Henry 
Isaac Hernandez 
Kyrstin Huxtable 
Joaquin Jauregui 
Eszra Jimenez-Suselo
Nathan Kaneshiro
Bastian Kelley 
Zayne Kratz 
Roberto Laurean
Raevenn Montoya 
Akimi Nagano
Jesse Pokryska
Mia Rael 
Andrea Ramos 
Kalissa Rauda 
Sofia Rodriguez 
Katherine Romero 
Maya Romero 
Theodore Schweizer 
Alyssa Simmons 
Lizbeth Sotelo 
Marlene Tapia Magana 
Elizabeth Tomas 
Andrew Torres 
Jack Trujillo 
Julia Van Heeringen 
Juliana Yepes 

DLI Schools/Escuelas DLI

DLI Preschool

Our TWI Preschool provides a nurturing, diverse environment where 3 and 4-year olds develop socially, emotionally, cognitively and physically while learning in Spanish.
Please click HERE for additional information.