Dual immersion programs are one of the most effective forms of bilingual education and can be extremely beneficial for students in the school district I have selected. Perris High School is located in Riverside County, California and serves approximately 1,642 students. According to the Ed-Data website, the majority (53.9%) of these students identify as Hispanic or Latino; additionally, 49% qualify for free/reduced meals and just over 17% receive Special Education services.
Given this demographic data, it is clear that dual immersion has much to offer Perris High School’s student body. The implementation of such a program would provide them with access to content knowledge in their native language plus a second language – Spanish – in which they could become proficient if given consistent instruction time and learning opportunities available through dual immersion programming. The academic benefits associated with learning more than one language are well established; research has shown that bilingualism leads to enhanced problem solving skills, improved performance on standardized tests like those administered by California’s Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), increased cognitive flexibility, improved metacognition, better reading comprehension skills across languages and higher overall levels of academic achievement.