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The Benefits of Dual Language Immersion (DLI):

  • A research-proven instructional approach that prepares students to think, read and write in two languages, resulting in students becoming bilingual, biliterate, and bicultural.

  • Dual Language Immersion programs are additive - meaning that a child does not lose their native language, but instead strengthens their native language plus adds a second language.

  • Bilingualism and biliteracy prepares students to think more broadly and critically, results in higher language arts and math achievement and increases career pathways opportunities in their adulthood.

Learn More About the DLI Program at Conejo Elementary

      Attend an Upcoming Parent Presentation

      • Want to learn more about the Spanish-English Dual Language Immersion Program at Conejo Elementary School? Attend an Upcoming Parent Presentation!

        In order to accommodate parent schedules, we will offer in-person presentations about the Dual Language Immersion Program at Conejo Elementary with the option for families to participate via zoom. The following Parent Presentation dates have been scheduled:

        Click Here to Register to Attend a Presentation (English) 

        Click Here to Register to Attend a Presentation (Spanish)

         
        November 9, 2022

        • English Presentation from 5pm to 5:45pm
        • Spanish Presentation from 6pm to 6:45pm

        November 16, 2022

        • English Presentation from 10am to 10:45am
        • Spanish Presentation from 9am to 9:45am 

        January 4, 2023

        • English Presentation from 9am to 9:45am
        • Spanish Presentation from 10am to 10:45am

        January 11, 2023

        • English Presentation from 6pm to 6:45pm
        • Spanish Presentation from 5pm to 5:45pm

        March 9, 2023

        • English Presentation from 10am to 10:45am
        • Spanish Presentation from 9am to 9:45am

        March 16, 2023

        • English Presentation from 5pm to 5:45pm
        • Spanish Presentation from 6pm to 6:45pm

        Click Here to Register to Attend a Presentation (English) 

        Click Here to Register to Attend a Presentation (Spanish)

        Tours:
        Tours are available at 8:30am on the following Fridays: December 9th, January 20th, January 27th, February 10th, February 24th, March 10th, and March 24th. Call (805) 495-7058 to register to attend!  

         

      Enrollment

      • CVUSD Enrollment Procedures for Dual Language Immersion (DLI) at Conejo Elementary

        Background:

        A successful DLI program consists of students who create language models for one another.  The opportunity to engage with a classmate whose primary language differs from their own will strengthen and deepen the second language acquisition process and development.  Therefore, enrollment in the inaugural DLI transitional kindergarten and kindergarten classrooms at Conejo Elementary will be made up of approximately 40 students, split between English-only students, Spanish-only students and students who are established English-Spanish bilingual, to the extent possible.  Therefore, enrollment in DLI will require a few steps to ensure the classes are made up of language balance among the students.  

        To develop the skills to become bilingual, biliterate and bicultural, one school year is insufficient.  Therefore, CVUSD is seeking at least a six-year commitment from parents/guardians to enroll in the DLI kindergarten classes at Conejo Elementary School beginning August 2022.

        Enrollment Procedures for Conejo Elementary Neighborhood Students:

        • (October to March): Parents/Guardians are strongly encouraged to attend a DLI informational presentation before enrolling their child in the DLI program.  A recording of this presentation is available in the "Information Videos" tab above.
        • (Beginning in mid-late January): Complete the online “pre-enrollment” process for your Transitional Kindergarten or Kindergarten student at Conejo Elementary.  If you require assistance, please feel free to contact Conejo Elementary School’s main office at 805-495-7058, and/or go in person, the address is 280 N. Conejo School Road, Thousand Oaks, CA  91362.
        • (Ongoing) Finalize enrollment by providing all student documents to Conejo Elementary School.
        • (Late April - May) Assess students in both languages.  To ensure the required balance of peer language models, a primary language proficiency interview with your child will be scheduled and completed. Teachers will contact parents/guardians to schedule an appointment. 
          • Students will be assessed in both languages
          • Parents/Guardians will fill out a survey while they wait
        • (Late May): CVUSD notifies you, via email, of final enrollment. All parent(s)/guardian(s) will attend a DLI presentation/commitment meeting and will sign a commitment contract at the end of the presentation.

        Enrollment Procedures for CVUSD School Choice (Conejo Elementary is not your neighborhood school, yet your child does reside within CVUSD boundaries):

        • (October to March): Parents/Guardians are strongly encouraged to attend a DLI informational presentation before enrolling their child in the DLI program.  A recording of this presentation is available at the CVUSD DLI website.
        • (Beginning November 1st): Complete the online CVUSD School Choice Application for your Transitional Kindergarten or Kindergarten age student and select “Dual Language Immersion Program” as primary school choice.
        • (March): Receive pre-approval for DLI based on the initial School Choice lottery
        • (March-April): Complete the online “pre-enrollment” process for your Transitional Kindergarten or Kindergarten student at Conejo Elementary.  If you require assistance, please feel free to contact Conejo Elementary School’s main office at 805-495-7058, and/or go in person, the address is 280 N. Conejo School Road, Thousand Oaks, CA  91362.
        • (Ongoing) Finalize enrollment by providing all student documents to Conejo Elementary School.
        • (Late April - Early May) Assess students in both languages.  To ensure the required balance of peer language models, a primary language proficiency interview with your child will be scheduled and completed. Teachers will contact parent(s)/guardian(s) to schedule an appointment.
          • Students will be assessed in both languages
          • Parent(s)/Guardian(s) will fill out a survey while they wait
        • (Late May): CVUSD notifies you, via email, of final enrollment. All parent(s)/guardian(s) will attend a DLI presentation/commitment meeting and will sign a commitment contract at the end of the presentation.

        Enrollment Procedures for Interdistrict (does not reside within CVUSD boundaries) School Choice:  

        • (October to March): Parent(s)/Guardian(s) are strongly encouraged to attend a DLI informational presentation before enrolling their child in the DLI program.  A recording of this presentation is available at the "Informational Videos" tab above.
        • Families who reside outside of CVUSD boundaries and wish for their student(s) to attend a CVUSD school will need to complete an Interdistrict Transfer Agreement form. This form must be obtained from and submitted to your district of residence for approval (the form may vary based on your district of residence) Please visit our Enroll CVUSD/Interdistrict Transfer webpage for further information.
        • (November 1st); Interdistrict applications will be accepted beginning November 1st, through January 31st to be considered on time.
        • (April 1st): Parent(s)/Guardian(s) will receive notification on results of interdistrict-transfer request based on availability in program
        • (April-May): If approved, complete the online “pre-enrollment” process for your Transitional Kindergarten or Kindergarten student at Conejo Elementary.  If you require assistance, please feel free to contact Conejo Elementary School’s main office at 805-495-7058, and/or go in person, the address is 280 N. Conejo School Road, Thousand Oaks, CA  91362.
        • (Ongoing) Finalize enrollment by providing all student documents to Conejo Elementary School.
        • (Late April - Early May) Assess students in both languages.  To ensure the required balance of peer language models, a primary language proficiency interview with your child will be scheduled and completed. Teachers will contact parents to schedule an appointment.
          • Students will be assessed in both languages
          • Parents will fill out a survey while they wait
        • (Late May): CVUSD notifies you, via email, of final enrollment. All parent(s)/guardian(s) will attend a DLI presentation/commitment meeting and will sign a commitment contract at the end of the presentation.

      Program Structure

      • Program Structure - Our 50/50 Model

        The Dual Language Immersion Program will follow a 50/50 model, meaning that half of a student's instruction time is in English and half is in Spanish. At each grade level, the amount of instruction time in English and in Spanish remains the same (50/50) and is considered a "simultaneous literacy" model, as developing literacy in Spanish and English are focused on simultaneously. The 50/50 model requires a closely aligned curricular program where instruction in key content areas, such as language arts and math, so that the skills are not retaught in both languages, but rather are built upon in each language.


        School Year Subject Matter Taught in English (50%) Subject Matter Taught in Spanish (50%)
        Kindergarten English Language Arts, Math, Health, Other Spanish Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
        First Grade English Language Arts, Math, Health, Other Spanish Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
        Second Grade English Language Arts, Math, Health, Other Spanish Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
        Third Grade English Language Arts, Math, Health, Other Spanish Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
        Fourth Grade English Language Arts, Math, Health, Other Spanish Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
        Fifth Grade English Language Arts, Math, Health, Other Spanish Language Arts, Science, Social Studies

        *Language of instruction for subject matter may change based on curriculum availability and new program recommendations


         
        School Year Dual Language Immersion Program Grade Level Rollout
        2022-2023 Transitional Kindergarten &
        Kindergarten
                 
        2023-2024 Transitional Kindergarten &
        Kindergarten
        First Grade        
        2024-2025 Transitional Kindergarten &
        Kindergarten
        First Grade Second Grade      
        2025-2026 Transitional Kindergarten &
        Kindergarten
        First Grade Second Grade Third Grade    
        2026-2027 Transitional Kindergarten &
        Kindergarten
        First Grade Second Grade Third Grade Fourth Grade  
        2027-2028 Transitional Kindergarten &
        Kindergarten
        First Grade Second Grade Third Grade Fourth Grade Fifth Grade

         

      Informational Videos

      • Parent/Guardian Information Session - Webinar Recording

        This recording covers the following topics:
        • What is DLI and what does this mean for my child beyond Kindergarten? What does a typical instructional day look like in a DLI program?
        • Parent/guardian supports to assist you in supporting your child as they become bilingual.  Additional opportunities beyond DLI for your child at Conejo Elementary.
        • Supporting students with disabilities to access DLI. Hear from parents who enrolled their child in a DLI program.
        • Enrollment process and years-long commitment  

        Learn More About the Benefits of DLI from Dr. Ricardo Araiza

        (English)

         

        (Español)

      Research and Resources

      Contact Us

      • Erica Ultreras
        Principal, Conejo Elementary School
        (805) 495-7058
        Email Ms. Ultreras  

        Ricardo Araiza, Ed.D.
        Director, Multilingual Learners and Equity
        (805) 497-9511 x3351
        Email Dr. Araiza

        Dena Sellers, Ed.D.
        Director, Elementary Education
        (805) 497-9511 x1211
        Email Dr. Sellers

        Shanna M. Egans, Ed.D.
        Assistant Superintendent, Student Services
        (805) 497-9511 x2302
        Email Dr. Egans

        Kenny Loo
        Assistant Superintendent, Instructional Services
        (805) 497-9511 x1202
        Email Mr. Loo