The Oregon City School District Dual Language Immersion Program for grades K-5 is housed at Jennings Lodge and Candy Lane schools. The program begins in Kindergarten. Students are accepted into the first grade classes on a limited basis and only when space is available.
In the Dual Language Immersion program, students receive equal amounts of instruction in both languages to achieve high levels of proficiency in both English and Spanish. Students learn to speak, read, and write in both Spanish and English. Initially all students learn to read and write in Spanish. English literacy is gradually implemented in 1st grade. By 2nd grade, literacy instruction continues in both languages equally.
In order to achieve proficiency in the second language, families are encouraged to make a commitment to remain in the program through 5th grade. If a parent removes their child from the program, the child cannot re-enter the program at a later date.
Student success depends upon family commitment to the program. A minimum of 95% attendance is a critical component for your child’s success. Students with less than 95% attendance may be asked to exit the program. Families are encouraged to volunteer at school or do projects at home. In addition, families are expected to seek out experiences in their second language such as reading, watching movies, cultural events, etc.
The Dual Language program is open to anyone living within the Oregon City School District as well as outside of OCSD. If you do not live in the Jennings Lodge/Candy Lane attendance area and would like your child to attend kindergarten in Fall 2015, you must first complete an online Open Enrollment form by April 1, 2015. There are 30 spots available; if there are more applicants than open spots, a lottery will determine admission. Families will be notified of admission by mid-April.