How to Apply

  • Updated February 14, 2019

    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.



    • High School:

                   opens November 8, 2018 at 8:00 a.m.

                   closes November 30, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

    • Elementary, Middle & K-8:  

                   opens February 8, 2019 at 8:00 a.m.

                   closes March 8, 2019 at 8:00 a.m.


    Petition transfer requests are accepted on a rolling basis, however, those submitted during the lottery cycle will be prioritized. 



  • Lottery Cycle Dates


    2019-2020 School Year


    • High School: November 8, 2018 to November 30, 2018 
    • Elementary, Middle & K-8: February 8, 2019 to March 8, 2019


    Visit the Enrollment and Transfer Center to submit a lottery application