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Dual Language Immersion program at Jiménez School open for Kindergarten students
Jiménez School will hold a series of on-line meetings to provide information about its Dual Language Immersion (DLI) program (English/Spanish) which will be open in August of 2021 to incoming KINDERGARTEN students ONLY. Parents MUST attend one of the meetings listed below if they would like to apply to have their kindergarten age child participate in the DLI program at Jiménez next school year.

The scheduled meeting dates are as follows:
Wednesday, February 24 @ 6PM
Wednesday, March 3 @ 6PM
Wednesday, March 17 @ 6PM
Wednesday, April 14 @ 6PM
Wednesday, April 28 @ 6PM

Zoom links for all meetings:
DLI English -  Parent Information Meeting Linkhttps://smbsd.zoom.us/j/83778991280#success

DLI Spanish -  Parent Information Meeting Linkhttps://smbsd.zoom.us/j/89233503341#success

Parents will have the opportunity to virtually meet the teachers, administrators, students and families who are currently participating in the sixth year of the Dual Language Immersion program at Jiménez School. Parents will receive detailed information about the program.

Parent attendance at one of the meetings is required for the child to be eligible to apply. The program has limited space and is open only to incoming kindergarten students for 2021. Eligible students do not have to live in the Jiménez School boundary but must live in the Santa Maria-Bonita School District boundary. A lottery is used to determine the students selected for the dual language immersion program.

The program at Jiménez School is the only dual language program in the Santa Maria-Bonita School District. The languages are English and Spanish. 2015/16 was its first year. Students in the dual immersion program continue to receive dual language instruction as they move to the next grade level each year.

Students in the Dual Language Immersion program learn to read, write, speak, listen and think in both English and Spanish. Studies show that bi-literate students have better focus, memory and decision-making skills. Bi-literate students often have higher academic achievement and job opportunities. Increased cross-cultural awareness and acceptance is a product of bi-literacy.

Jiménez School principal Richard Ruiz can be reached at (805) 361-4340 for more information about the program.
Published: Thu Feb 18 16:22:51 PST 2021