The Dual Immersion student is a culturally competent world citizen capable of using, appreciating and developing academic and social language, both in Spanish and English, in a variety of settings.
El estudiante de un programa de inmersión es un ciudadano del mundo culturalmente competente y con la capacidad de usar, apreciar y desarrollar los idiomas español e inglés tanto a nivel académico como social en situaciones variadas.
Spanish Immersion Program
Spanish Immersion is an exciting and challenging program that serves students from all backgrounds throughout Portland Public Schools.
Spanish Immersion students experience the same curriculum as students in English-only classes. The difference is that they spend part of their day learning in Spanish and part of the day learning in English.
Generally, kindergartners spend 90% of their class time learning in Spanish, and by middle grades the ratio is 50% Spanish and 50% English.
- Kindergarten: 90% Spanish, 10% English
- First Grade: 80% Spanish, 20% English
- Second Grade: 70% Spanish, 30% English
- Third Grade: 60% Spanish, 40% English
- Fourth Grade: 50% Spanish, 50% English
- Fifth to Eighth: 50% Spanish, 50% English
How to Apply
More than 1,800 students in grades K-12 are enrolled in 14 programs across the district. All students must apply for entry through the annual PPS lottery. Each Spanish Immersion program is co-located with a neighborhood school, and reserves some spaces for students who live in that school’s attendance zone.
A list of spaces by grade, neighborhood and language is available during the lottery cycle at every program and through the Enrollment & Transfer Center. For grades 2 and above, space is open only to replace students who have exited the program, and a language proficiency test is required.
For more information on Spanish Immersion programs, contact Marisol Kreuzer, 503-916-2000 ext. 71055, or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website links above.
For PPS lottery information and forms, contact the Enrollment & Transfer Center, 503-916-3205.