How to Apply

  • Updated January 14, 2020

    Portland Public Schools offers Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs in Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian and Japanese.

    Interested in having your child participate in a Dual Language Immersion program?  The Enrollment and Transfer Center manages the application process.

    Dual Language Immersion Entry Process FAQ 


    Entry at Kindergarten:
    Students entering Kindergarten must apply through the School Choice Lottery  at, attend an informational meeting at any dual language immersion school or central office and sign a Statement of Understanding. If slots are still open after the lottery closes, DLI programs may continue to receive kindergarten applications. The lottery typically takes place in February/March of each year with results in late April. Please see the Enrollment and Transfer Center website for more informaion:

    The informational meetings take place at schools between February and May and can be found on the Connect to Kindergarten page.  Attending any of these meetings fulfills the meeting requirement.

    Late Entry (Grades 1-12):
    At grade levels beyond kindergarten, families must submit a petition transfer request.  In order for petitions to be approved, space must be available at the specific grade level and school.  If space is identified, partner language learners must pass a language proficiency assessment demonstrating that they are on grade level in reading, writing, speaking and listening in the partner language.  Assessments for Late Entry are conducted in June, as well as right before school starts.
    You can apply and find out more about the application process on the School Lottery website.



    • Middle and High School Focus Option Lottery : closed


    • K-5 Transfer Cycle:  

                   opens February 5, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.

                   closes March 6, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.


    Petition transfer requests for the 2020/2021 school year will be accepted on a rolling basis beginning Feb. 5, 2020. Those petitions submitted during the lottery cycle will be prioritized. 



  • Lottery Cycle Dates


    2020-2021 School Year

    Middle and High Schools :

    • closed

    K-5 Schools :             

    • opens February 5, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.
    • closes March 6, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.  


    Visit the Enrollment and Transfer Center to submit a lottery application