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Dual Immersion

California's Bilingual Teacher of the Year!

Congratulations to our Transitional Kindergarten teacher Mrs. Arreola for winning the prestigious "California's Bilingual Teacher of the year " through "Read Conmigo" Read Conmigo recognizes that teachers play a vital role in helping bilingual students excel academically. Through the creation of the Bilingual Educator of the Year Award, Read Conmigo honors exemplary bilingual teachers for their contributions to bilingual education and bilingual students.

About Our Program

Dual Language Immersion Program

Beginning in 2015-2016, the West Covina Unified School District now offers a Dual Language Immersion Program at Orangewood Elementary School and Monte Vista Elementary School. The goal of the program is to provide students instruction in both English and Spanish to become biliterate. Students who have the ability to read, write, think, and communicate in two languages are better prepared to compete in a global economy and possess a command of language that will support them in being college and career ready upon graduation. Students who participate in this program will become eligible for the “California Seal of Biliteracy” for their high school diploma. For more information about this program, please review our flyers (English or Español).


What are the benefits?

  • Dual Immersion (DI) programs have proven effective for a wide variety of students. Research studies indicate that the achievement of high levels of functional proficiency in a second language associated with DI instruction yields the following benefits for all students:

  • Enhanced levels of meta-linguistic awareness (i.e., knowledge of how language works) which has proven to be important to reading acquisition.
  • Improved performance versus monolingual students on tasks that call for divergent thinking, pattern recognition and problem solving.
  • Additional knowledge and understanding of one’s native language.
  • Greater understanding, tolerance, appreciation and respect for other languages and cultures.
  • Ability to communicate with other ethnic and cultural groups.
  • Ability to take advantage of opportunities that are available only in other languages.
  • Enhanced employment opportunities once school is completed.


¿Qué es el programa de doble inmersión?

What is Dual Language Immersion?

  • El programa de doble inmersión es un programa donde los estudiantes aprenden a hablar,  leer, y escribir en español e ingles.
  • Los estudiantes adquieren dominio en ambos idiomas y un alto nivel académico.
  • El autoestima incrementa positivamente, se familiarizan y sensibilizan con otras culturas.
  • Dual Language Immersion is a program where students learn to speak, read and write in Spanish and English.
  • Students will gain language proficiency and Academic achievement in both English and Spanish.
  • Positive self-esteem, cultural awareness and sensitivity.


¿Cuáles son los beneficios?                                   

  • Ventaja superior el ser bilingües                                                                                                                                       
  • Aumenta las oportunidades de empleo                                  
  • Promueve el pensamiento crítico  y creativo                 
  • Alcanzarán un alto nivel académico                                          
  • Cumple con los requisitos de un segundo idioma en la secundaria y  universidad

Dual Immersion Teachers

Arreola, Fiorella
Castro, Cristina
Chalberg, Dianna
Contreras, Teresa
Martinez, Martha
Teacher (Gr K) Room 1
Reyes, Maritza
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