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Dual Language Immersion

Morgan Hill Unified is proud to offer our students the opportunity to develop bilingual skills in English and Spanish. Dual Language Immersion (sometimes known as Two Way Bilingual Immersion) is a program using an instructional approach that integrates native English speakers and native speakers of other languages and provides instruction to both groups of students in both languages. All students are eligible to participate in the program. 

Program Goals

The goals of each program include:

  • Academic achievement in English and Spanish 

  • Language skills in English and Spanish for students who speak Spanish AND for students who speak English and wish to learn Spanish as a second language.

  • Multicultural understanding     

Benefits of Dual Language Immersion

  • Economic, social and educational benefits

  • Stronger English Language Outcomes

  • Brain and Cognitive Benefits

  • Equalize Access and Participation

  • Greater Family Engagement and Connection

Program Models

Students begin the program in TK or Kinder taught by highly qualified teachers trained in dual language immersion methodology.  These programs are research based and proven to work effectively to develop bilingual skills and academic learning.

The two most frequently implemented programs in the United States are the 90:10 and 50:50 models. 


90:10 Program 

Grade Level

% of time taught in Spanish

 % of time taught in English

Transitional Kinder and 
















50:50 Program

Grade Level

% of time taught in Spanish

  % of time taught in English

Transitional Kinder and Kindergarten







Families who enroll their children in Dual Language Immersion programs make a multiyear commitment to the program to ensure that students attain high levels of academic proficiency and literacy in two languages by the time they are promoted to middle school. The program continues on to high school at Live Oak High School. Upon graduation, students demonstrating proficiency in two languages earn a Seal of Biliteracy.

Currently,  we offer a 90:10 program at San Martin Gwinn serving grades K-8. The district is considering expanding our dual language program offerings to P.A. Walsh STEAM Academy with a 50:50 model. For more information on San Martin Gwinn's dual language program, visit their Dual Language Immersion and Multicultural Education Program webpage.

Orientation Meetings

We have scheduled orientation meetings to share more information to parents who have children ready to enroll in TK or Kindergarten. You will learn about the opportunity to enroll in our Dual Language Immersion programs. Please plan on attending one of the meetings listed below. Childcare will be provided for the in-person meetings and all the sessions will be held in English and Spanish. 

Friday, March 3 -  8:00 pm in the P.A. Walsh STEAM Academy Library
Thursday, March 9 -  6:00 pm Zoom Link
Tuesday, March 14 - 7:00 pm in the P.A. Walsh STEAM Academy Library
Tuesday, March 14 -  6:00 pm Zoom Link
Wednesday, March 22  - 6:00 pm Zoom Link
Wednesday, March 29 - 6:00 pm Zoom Link

If you are interested in learning more about these programs, please complete the DUAL LANGUAGE IMMERSION INTEREST SURVEY and you will be contacted by one of our program representatives.