"(In public immersion programs) parents are getting far more education for their kids and they are getting it for free..."
Kathryn Lindholm-Leary, PH.D.

Welcome to the Lincoln Dual Language Program blog site!

This site is designed to provide up-to-date information for families involved in the Lincoln dual language program (dlp). In addition, it is a resource for families interested in enrolling their child(ren) in the program. This site is maintained by the Dual Language Program Advocates, INC.

As background, Lincoln Elementary School in Salinas, California, is part of the Salinas City Elementary School District (SCESD).  Lincoln instituted the K-6 dlp in 2011 and in 2014 will include a transitional kinder program.  In addition, a full 100% Spanish Immersion preschool is offered to three to five year-old children (no Spanish background is required).
The Dual Immersion Program at Lincoln integrates native English speakers and native Spanish speakers for the entire school day, with the goals of promoting high academic achievement, first and second language development, and cross-cultural understanding for all students.

Dual language programs blend two language education models: an immersion program for English-only speakers and a bilingual maintenance model for English learners. Students from the two language groups attend class together, learning from one another and supporting each other's second language acquisition. Both groups of students develop linguistic and academic competence in two languages: their native language and one more.

Bilingualism not only enhances cognitive development, it also increases multicultural understanding and expands educational and professional prospects. Whether students choose to engage in global opportunities or contribute to their own communities closer to home, all benefit from the bilingualism, bi-literacy and expanded multicultural perspectives that dual language programs provide. (reference http://twowaycabe.org/what_is.html)

The Lincoln DLP is a k-6 grade program, with entry into the program in kindergarten or first grade only.  Parents must be willing to commit to the duration of the program (six-seven years) in order to be eligible for enrollment.  Lincoln's DLP will follow the 90/10 model in the first two grades (90% Spanish and 10% English) and incrementally increase the amount of English to 50/50 in the upper grades.

For enrollment information, please inquire at the school office or the Salinas City Elementary School District office.

For a printable brochure about the Lincoln DLP click here.

For more information on dual language programs visit http://www.dlpadvocates.org


  1. I think it is great for schools to have so many language programs for kids. My daughter has been learning a second language since Kindergarten. I am not forcing her to learn it, she is actually willing to go and learn this new way to speak. Hopefully your program goes on for a while, I think it's a great skill for kids to have. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. I think it would be great to have my kids participate in a program like this. There are a lot of uses for multilingual skills in our world. There are tons more international companies and the interactions between countries are much more frequent. Besides use in careers, I think learning another language helps kids to think in different ways than they're used to doing. http://chispaspain.com/index.php/language/