Terwilliger Elementary School is the first school in Alachua County Public Schools to offer Dual Language Immersion (DLI). Some of the benefits of learning in a DLI model include increased cognitive dexterity and problem-solving skills, embracing cultural awareness and diversity, and enhanced communication skills in both languages.
A DLI model of instruction begins in kindergarten the first year and expands each year until fully implemented in Grades K-5. Additionally, a new group of kindergarten students would begin each year. The program encourages participation by English and target language speaking students. The model of instruction is 50/50 English and Spanish with the goal of developing bilingual, bi-literate, and bi-cultural students.
Admission into DLI requires a long-term K-5 commitment to fulfill our dedication to each student becoming bilingual, bi-literate, and bi-cultural. Programming will be developed in the secondary schools to support students who complete the K-5 program with the aspiration to earn the prestigious Florida Seal of Bi-literacy in middle school or high school.
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