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Dual Language Immersion Program

BUSD Dual Immersion Program Options 2020 - 2021

We are very proud to have launched a Dual Immersion Mandarin Program at Cherrywood Elementary School in the 2018 - 2019 school year.
Mandarin - Kindergarten, First, Second, and Third Grades
Program Goals:
  • Meet the challenges of a global society
  • Become bilingual and bi-literate
  • Gain career advantages
  • Increase awareness of cultural traditions and customs
  • Achieve academic proficiency in English and Mandarin
What is Dual Immersion?
Immersion education is an alternative educational model designed to provide students with fluency and literacy in two languages. In this program, all students develop literacy in Mandarin first with the gradual addition of English.
All students in the Immersion Program receive the same curriculum as all students throughout the
district, except that initially they are taught in Mandarin for most of the day.
Students in the Immersion Program are taught using California State Standards in English as well
as Mandarin. Both English and Mandarin are taught daily and the students interact in both languages
Instructional Time in Each Language
Kindergarten 80% 20%
1st 80% 20%
2nd  70% 30% 
3rd  60% 40%
4th and 5th 50%  50%
Parent Resources:
The Enrollment Process
The goal is to have a balance of 50% English only students and 50% Heritage speaker students enrolled in our Dual Immersion classrooms. In order for students to be successful in the Dual Immersion Program, they should have a strong foundation in their home language. All incoming Kindergarten students in the Berryessa Union School District are eligible to apply for the Immersion Program. Classroom placement will be based on the following criterion:
  1. Attendance Area Students (Cherrywood)
  2. Sibling is already in the Dual Immersion program
  3. Berryessa Union School District Students
  4. Inter-District Permits as Space Allows
** Please note: Student language classification will be considered to meet 50% classroom balance.
Additional Dual Immersion Program information is available through the Educational Services Division at the District Office; please contact (408) 923-1828.