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The Montebello Unified School District launched the Dual Language Enrichment Program during the 1999-2000 school year. MUSD currently houses the Dual Language Immersion Program at La Merced Elementary (K-5th), Winter Gardens Elementary (K-5th), La Merced Intermediate (6th-8th) and Montebello Intermediate (6th-8th).

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is the Dual Language Immersion Program designed for?

The Dual Language Immersion Programs at La Merced and Winter Gardens are designed to meet the needs of both English proficient students and English language learners.

When can my child enter the Dual Language Immersion Program?

Your child should enter in kindergarten or first grade. However, older children that are Spanish proficient or have been enrolled in Bilingual Education programs may be eligible

How am I involved as a parent?

As a dual language parent, you will support your child by encouraging him in mastering both languages. Of course, there are many opportunities to work directly with the school to provide support as well.

Are my child’s teachers qualified?

Yes! Dual language teachers all hold advanced degrees, are specially trained in language instruction, and have a proven track record of success in both language instruction and on California’s standardized exams.

 

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MUSD Now Accepting Registration for Dual Language Immersion Programs

The Montebello Unified School District is now accepting registration for Dual Language Immersion Programs that will support the academic growth and development of both students who are English proficient and students who are still learning English.
 
Children should enter the program in kindergarten or in the first grade, however some exceptions will be made for those who are proficient in Spanish or have been previously enrolled in bilingual programs.
 
“There are so many opportunities for the students of our community at Montebello Unified’s schools,” MUSD Superintendent Susanna Contreras Smith said. “I hope that our parents take advantage of this wonderful program that will have a positive impact on their child’s education.
 
The Dual Language Immersion Program is available at La Merced Elementary, Winter Gardens Elementary and La Merced Intermediate schools.
 
Qualified teachers who hold advanced degrees in language instruction will support students and provide them with a rigorous curriculum so that they can reach high levels of academic achievement in both English and Spanish. The program features a quality learning environment with a diverse group of students.
 
In addition, students who become proficient in a foreign language by the time they graduate are eligible for the MUSD’s State Seal of Biliteracy program, in which students earn a seal on their high school diplomas as verification of their linguistic abilities.

To enroll, contact your school of interest:
 

Elementary Schools K - 5


• La Merced Elementary   (323) 721-5043

• Winter Gardens Elementary   (323) 268-0477

 

Intermediate School 6-8

• La Merced Intermediate   (323) 772-7262
• Montebello Intermediate   (323) 721-5111 

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What is the Dual Language Immersion Program?

In dual language programs, children are taught literacy and academic content in two languages.

Benefits for Students

  • Your child will receive support to attain high levels of achievement in English and Spanish literacy.
  • Your child will be immersed in an academically rigorous environment.
  • Your child will be part of a diverse learning group.
  • Your child will be able to communicate effectively in English and Spanish.
  • Your child will be eligible for the Seal of Biliteracy
  • Your child will be prepared to meet the economic needs for the 21st Century.

Program Goals

  • Bilingualism: High levels of proficiency in English and a second language.
  • Biliteracy: High levels of academic proficiency in English and a second language.
  • Multicultural Competence: Understanding of different cultures and development of high self esteem.

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