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 must pass the Cantonese language assessment. Applicants with a Home Language Survey response that matches the pathway language will be contacted by the Enrollment Center to schedule an assessment. Any family can contact the Enrollment Center within one week of submitting their application to request an assessment.


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

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This page was last updated on March 6, 2024