Kindergarten-5th Grade Cantonese Dual Language Immersion

Description of Program

Students Served

  • English Learners who are native Cantonese speakers
  • Bilingual Students that speak Cantonese and English 
  • English proficient students

Language Instruction

  • In Kindergarten, 70% instruction in Cantonese, 30% instruction in English.  Instruction in Cantonese decreases to 50% by 5th grade, with 50% of instruction in English.
  • Curriculum integrates Chinese World Language Proficiency Targets.

K-5 Pathway Eligibility

  • Based on DLI research, the district will assign an appropriate balance of students who are proficient in Cantonese (2/3 to 1/2) and students who have not demonstrated proficiency in Cantonese (1/3 to 1/2). To demonstrate proficiency, students who indicate a language other than English on the home language survey are assessed in Cantonese.


  • Chinese Immersion School at DeAvila
  • Garfield Elementary School
  • West Portal Elementary School

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This page was last updated on June 30, 2022