Thanks to strong test scores and growing public interest in bilingual education, Jurupa Unified will expand its award-winning Dual Immersion (DI) program to an additional elementary site starting in August 2016.
Registration for the program, which educates children in both English and Spanish starting in kindergarten, is now open.
Pedley Elementary will offer DI classes for the first time this fall, joining four other schools in the program: Sunnyslope, Stone Avenue, Jurupa Middle and Patriot High.
Open slots for kindergartners will be awarded on a first come, first served basis at all three elementary sites for the 2016-17 school year.
The program welcomes students whose primary language is English, Spanish or another language, said Martha Gomez, Director of Language Services and Student Programs at JUSD. Students in the program are held to the same rigorous California academic standards as all other students – and state testing data show that DI students do as well as or better than pupils in English-only classes, Gomez said.
In fact, students on the Dual Immersion track at JUSD fulfill college-entrance requirements for language by the end of eighth grade. Students also may earn the State Seal of Biliteracy upon graduation from high school – a symbol of value to universities and employers. "Studies show that people earn more money not only because they're bilingual, but because they're biliterate" and can read and write both languages, Gomez said.
Indeed, language fluency and cultural insight hold enormous cachet in a competitive global job market. According to a recent study at UCLA, bilingualism is coveted in some jobs in every industry, and about two-thirds of U.S. employers surveyed would prefer a bilingual applicant to an English-only speaker with the same credentials.
The JUSD Dual Immersion program, founded in 2007 at Sunnyslope Elementary, has expanded over the years based on public demand and student success in the coursework. In 2013, the program earned a Models of Excellence Award from the Riverside County Office of Education.
For more information or to register your child for Dual Immersion, please contact Martha Gomez at