How to Apply

  • Updated February 2, 2022

    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 (DLI) Enrollment Process FAQ (2022)

    Chinese, English, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese 


    Important Information for DLI Families to Know 


    DLI Entry at Kindergarten:
    Students entering Kindergarten must apply through the School Choice Lottery  at Informational videos are available on the DLI main page. If slots are still open after the lottery closes, DLI programs may continue to receive kindergarten applications. Please see the Enrollment and Transfer Center website for more information:

    DLI 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 at 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.
    Petition transfer requests for the 2022/2023 school year will be accepted on a rolling basis. 


    You can apply and find out more about the application process on the Enrollment and Transfer Center website.



  • Lottery Cycle Dates


    2022-2023 School Year

    Middle and High Schools :

    • closed

    K-5 Schools :             

    • opens Wednese February 16, 2022 at 8:00 a.m.
    • closes Friday March 18, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.  (Lottery only)


    Visit the Enrollment and Transfer Center to submit a lottery application