In the PPS Dual Language Immersion (DLI) program at Community Park School, established in 2015, is open to all Princeton Public School students and transportation is available to CP. For the 2023-24 school year the district will add a Dual Language Immersion preK program hosted by Community Park.
Students in Kindergarten through 5th grade spend approximately 50 percent of their core academic day learning in Spanish and the other 50 percent learning in English. Every DLI student has two main teachers, one for English instruction and one for Spanish. Students learn math, science, and Spanish language arts in Spanish, and language arts and social studies in English. Specials, such as physical education, music, or library, are taught in English. This 50-50 model allows students to maintain proficiency in their native language while adding another language.
At the completion of elementary school, students will be on their way to becoming biliterate and bilingual in both Spanish and English. Research has shown that this DLI model is highly successful at teaching grade-level content while developing impressive levels of language proficiency in students.
- Dual Language Immersion continues in middle school with an advanced Spanish-language class and a Social Studies class in taught exclusively in Spanish.
- The first cohort of Dual Language Immersion students will enter Princeton High School in September 2023. There will be a Spanish class taught at their (advanced) level as well as a science elective, La Horticultura, offered in Spanish.