Portland Public Schools

Portland, Oregon

501 North Dixon StreetPortland, OR 97227503-916-2000

Three students from King Immersion Program

Dual Language

Dual Language

  • The goal of the Department of Dual Language (DL) is to support the district goal through multi-lingual programs. Closing the opportunity gap for historically underserved students is a priority. To this end, the department provides multiple pathways and entry points for students to become bilingual and biliterate. A variety of programs are offered to support the diversity of levels of proficiency in the partner languages. Programs for native speakers include native language literacy and dual language immersion. Programs for non-native speakers include world language and dual language immersion. By participating in these programs students may qualify for the Seal of Biliteracy.

    Interested in having your child participate in a Dual Language Immersion program?  Students entering Kindergarten must apply through the lottery.  At grade levels beyond kindergarten, families must submit a petition and the student’s language proficiency may need to be tested. You can apply and find out more on the School Choice Transfer Process site.

    DLI Lottery Cycle Dates

    • High School - February 3-17, 2016
    • Elementary/Middle School - February 18 - March 9, 2016

    Department of Dual Language Newsletter

    Linked below is the new Department of Dual Language (DDL) newsletter which shares exciting department updates as well as highlights recent happenings in DDL.

    DDL December Newsletter: ChineseEnglishRussian, Somali, SpanishVietnamese 


Department Main Phone
(503) 916-3151
Debbie Armendariz
Senior Director of Dual Language Immersion
(503) 916-3082
Michael Bacon
Assistant Director of Dual Language
(503) 916-5394
Emillio Hernandez
Admin Secretary
(503) 916-3151
Janelle Dobson
Project Manager
(503) 916-5487
Alma Morales-Galicia
Portland Dual Language Teacher Fellows Coordinator
(503) 956-6732