Upland Unified School District
Students of Upland USD

Dual Language Immersion Program

The DLI Academy at Baldy View Elementary School reflects the 90:10 model, meaning that students receive 90% of instruction in Spanish and 10% in English beginning in kindergarten. Ultimately, that will transition to 50/50 in fourth through sixth grades. Students committed to the full K-6 DLI program will achieve the greatest benefits that come with biliteracy contributing to a solid foundation for both college and career readiness beyond high school graduation.

Why DLI?

  • We live in a global community and function in a global economy. The ability to recognize and accept diversity will be a necessity.
  • The ability to speak English and Spanish is an unarguable advantage, particularly here in California, but also in many other parts of the US and in the world.
  • Fluency in two languages may increase career opportunities.
  • Research indicates that bilingualism leads to cognitive benefits.


  • Develop bilingualism and biliteracy in English and in Spanish.
  • Achieve high levels of standards-based academic achievement.
  • Develop an appreciation and awareness of diverse cultures.

Frequently asked questions

How do I apply for DLI at Baldy View?

Please see the information at the bottom of this page.

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How many schools in UUSD have the DLI program?

UUSD’s DLI program is exclusive to Baldy View Elementary, meaning that if accepted, your child will be attending Baldy View. If you are a UUSD family and have a different school of residence, the district will automatically complete the transfer of schools on your behalf.

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Will two languages confuse my child or slow down their academic progress?

There is no research indicating two languages will confuse students or slow down their academic progress. There is, however, significant research indicating that students who learn two languages experience cognitive and linguistic advantages when compared to monolingual students. This has been demonstrated by their ability to perform better on tasks that require divergent thinking, pattern recognition, problem solving, and higher levels of metalinguistic awareness.

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How do we know the dual language immersion program will be effective?

Research studies and established programs show the dual language immersion (DLI) program model to be the most effective way to become proficient in two languages. Results from more than 20 years of research indicate that students in DLI programs develop higher levels of dual language proficiency and academic achievement than in other program models.

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What does the curriculum look like compared to English only classes?

The standards and curriculum in the DLI classes are the same as in the mainstream English classes, making the only difference the language of instructional delivery. Teachers are specially certified and trained to teach in a classroom with second language learners to ensure and maximize learning in both languages.

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What are the requirements and when can I apply to the DLI program?


  • Student needs to be five years old (child must turn five before September 2, 2023)
  • You can start applying on January 17, 2022, through February 18, 2022
  • Online Application

Application QR Code:

DLI Application QR Code
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If UUSD is not my home school district, can I still enroll in their DLI program?

Absolutely! Please apply with our online application.

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How will I be notified if my child is accepted into the DLI program?

Baldy View Elementary School will send out notification letters.

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Is transportation available to the transfer school?

There are no special transportation accommodations for those accepted into DLI, however, regular district transportation guidelines apply.

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Can I enroll my child in the DLI program after kindergarten?

This is a possibility, provided that there are openings in the program. Please contact our Director of Equity and Access, Dr. Antonio Gonzalez for more information.

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How will my child understand if he/she does not speak Spanish?

Teachers in the DLI program are specially trained to make instruction meaningful through the use of visuals, objects, gestures, and specialized instructional strategies. The students also help each other.

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Does it matter if no one at home speaks Spanish?

No. It is important to encourage high levels of language development in the dominant language of the home. Read to your child daily, talk to your child, and encourage them to talk to you. Continue literacy practices you would naturally encourage. Research indicates that strong language skills in the native language transfer to new languages that are introduced.

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Should I be reading at home in Spanish or English?

Don't stop reading aloud to your child in the language you are most comfortable using. It is very important to continue this special way of spending time together. You are not expected to read in a language you do not speak yourself. 

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Am I expected to help my child with homework in Spanish?

Balancing the language in the classroom composition enables families to work together; however, there may be times when an English/Spanish dictionary at home may be helpful.

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What if my child is already bilingual in English and Spanish?

Children who have had the opportunity to gain proficiency in English and Spanish prior to kindergarten will thrive in DLI. They will develop skills in both languages to help them achieve high levels of academic proficiency.

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Application Process

If you are a UUSD resident family, you must first complete your online enrollment. Once you submit your online enrollment, you will then have to submit your DLI application.

If you are not a current UUSD resident family, you must complete only the DLI application. When notified of acceptance, you will then complete the inter-district transfer process. More information will follow at that time.

You can start applying on January 17, 2022, through February 18, 2022, with our online application.

DLI General Resources

  • CA Department of Education (CDE) Multilingual Website
  • Global California 2030 (CDE publication, 2018)
  • Dual Language Immersion Programs Raise Student Achievement in English (RAND Corporation, 2017)
  • Dual Language Immersion Programs Boost Student Success (National Education Association, 2018)


  • DLI Family Information Night Presentation (English) - Coming soon!
  • DLI Family Information Night Presentation (Spanish) - Coming soon!
  • DLI Family Information Night Recording from January 12, 2022 (English) - Coming soon!

For more information please contact:

Antonio Gonzalez, Ed.D.
Director of Equity and Access
909-985-1865, ext. 21112

Phone: (909) 985-1864

Address: 390 North Euclid Avenue, Upland, CA 91786