DLI Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who can apply to this program?

    All incoming kindergarten students are eligible to apply. First grade students are also eligible to apply (though seats are very limited). Students who are currently participating in a Dual Language program (outside CISD) will be considered, pending available space and balance of English and Spanish learners after the lottery. See Lottery and Drawing Guidelines for more details.

    How are learners selected to participate in the program? 

    If the learner is a native Spanish speaker and is Limited English Proficient, he/she qualifies automatically to participate as the Texas Education Code dictates.  If the student is a native English speaker or English Proficient Native Spanish, the students will be selected to participate by lottery.  Note:  The District works to maintain a balance between the number of English Learners and Spanish Learners to preserve the integrity of the instructional approach.  

    If my student is placed on the wait list what is the procedure for notification?

    Students who are placed on the wait list for DLI who are in kinder or first grade will be notified by the end of the week after the Labor Day holiday if there are any additional spaces available.  A balance of English and Spanish learners will be maintained.

    If my child has been enrolled in another Dual Language Immersion Program in another district or state, will my child be allowed to enroll?

    Transfer entry during Kinder or 1st grade are permitted if the student has been participating in a Dual Language Program, with the proper paperwork from the sending school and there were no students remaining on the lottery waitlist.  All placements will be approved by the District DLI Director. 

    Transfer entry 2nd through 5th grade, the previous program needs to match the Coppell model and the student may be assessed.    

    If my student has a sibling in the program, they will given priority as it pertains to selection?

    In order to meet the tenets of the program by ensuring students are bilingual, bi-literate, and cross cultural and in support of the District Legacy practice, siblings will be given priority. However, a lottery application is required and must be received by the application deadline. 

    Is Coppell ISD committed to the continuation of the Dual Language Program?

    Yes, Coppell ISD is required to develop bilingual programming for our Spanish-speaking, Limited English Proficient population. The District has chosen the Dual Language Immersion model because of our belief that a two-way dual language program is the best model for English learners and it expands the benefit of multilingual learning beyond English Learners (ELs) to reach other populations. In addition, course offerings are available at Middle School to support the continued study in Spanish. 

    How will I know if my child is making progress in English and Spanish?

    Learners in the Dual Language Program will be assessed in their Academis and Linguistic progress. This progress will be reported to parents via progress reports and report cards. Every dual language student K-5 will also be given a Spanish Reading/Literacy Assessment at the beginning, middle, and end of year. These scores, along with student scores on an English Reading/Literacy Assessment will be reported to parents upon completion of the test administration.

    What supports are available if my child struggles in the program? 

    Tiered intervention supports are available to all students. Following the national Response to Intervention (RtI) model, the student’s first level of support is the classroom teacher. Regardless of the language of instruction, teachers will provide additional instructional interventions to promote academic success. This support may increase or decrease based on the student’s response to the intervention. If the student experiences success, interventions may be continued, or the child may move to a monitored status. If the child continues to have difficulty, additional classroom interventions, or specialized services may be provided, increasing the tiered support. 

    Is transportation provided for my child to participate in the Dual Language Program?

    Transportation is provided for elementary students within the school attendance zones for Denton Creek and Wilson, who live in areas designated for free bus pickup. In addition, transportation will be provided for native-Spanish speakers who qualify as Limited English Proficient enrolled in the Dual Language Program. Native-English speakers or English Proficient students who choose to participate in the DLI program are responsible for their own transportation.

    How do dual language student achievement levels compare to their peers who are receiving English-only instruction? 

    When comparing data from monolingual and bilingual classrooms, student results are very similar in nature, and in some cases, students receiving bilingual instruction outperform the monolingual students. Teachers will continue to work as grade level teams to analyze student performance on common assessments. 

    What opportunities exist for parents to be involved and support their learners in the program?

    The District has a Dual Language Advisory Council. The Council will meet throughout the school year to share information, research, and best practices as we work to grow and sustain DLI, and allow communication and collaboration among parent representatives, educators, and campus leaders. DLI Parent Collaborative meetings are also held to support parents. 

    What resources are available to support my child’s teacher in delivering a quality instructional program?

    All teachers undergo content and pedagogy training throughout the school year. This training serves to build their confidence with the subject matter they teach and assist the teachers in developing their repertoire of instructional best practices with second language learners. 

    What plans are there to continue exposing those students who complete the dual language program in elementary school to Spanish in middle school?

    Students who complete DLI may enroll in Spanish II beginning in 6th grade.

    What does the instructional setting look like for students enrolled in DLI in elementary grades?

    Instruction is delivered in one of two staffing models.  A co-teach model is two teachers partnered where one teacher teaches all content in English and the other in Spanish. A self-contained model is one teacher who teaches the content in English and Spanish based on the language of the day/week. *No content repeats. 

    If I have questions regarding the program, to whom should I direct my inquiries?

    If your student is currently enrolled in the program and your question is in regards to teaching and learning, please contact your learner’s educator or principal.  If you have questions regarding the Dual Language program or the selection process, please contact Patricia Cheatham, Director of ESL & Bilingual Programs.