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Language Immersion Programs



Parents are required to attend a school tour before submitting an application. Applications will not be valid without an access code.

Se requiere que los padres visiten una de las escuelas de inmersión antes de presentar una solicitud.

Las aplicaciones no serán válidas sin un código de acceso.


Capistrano is proud to offer two language immersion programs. Language Immersion is a unique educational opportunity where children learn to think, read, write, and communicate naturally in two languages: English and Spanish or English and Mandarin. Students from many different cultural and linguistic backgrounds study together to become bilingual and biliterate in both languages.


Why is it Beneficial?

Students achieve dual language proficiency in English and Spanish or English and Mandarin while developing high-level academic skills. Students develop respect and appreciation for other cultures while learning and playing in a multicultural setting.

  • Parents are encouraged to take an active role in their child’s long-term education
  • Biliteracy give students the options for careers requiring multilingual skills.
  • Bilingualism helps develop strong thinking and reasoning skills useful for problem-solving in math and science.


 What are the Program Goals?

  • Bilingualism: Development of high levels of proficiency in the student’s first language and in a second language.
  • Biliteracy: Perform at or above grade level in academic areas in both languages.
  • Multiculturalism: Demonstrate positive cross-cultural attitudes and behaviors, and high levels of self-esteem.

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Enrollment Procedures


CUSD Language Immersion Programs are highly sought-after specialized enrichment programs for students within Capistrano Unified. In order to ensure the program goals are met, classes are filled based on criteria established by CUSD board policy. Parents interested in applying for a CUSD Language Immersion Program must complete the following steps.


1. Attend a Mandatory Language Immersion Meeting and Tour

School sites will host information meetings for interested parents with the purpose of providing an overview of the language immersion program and its expectations. Success in a language immersion program requires a long-term commitment and a high level of parent involvement. Parents will need to provide support to their child as he or she studies both languages. At the end of the presentation, parents will receive the Immersion Application if they are interested in applying.


2. Complete the Language Immersion Program Application after attending the Information Meeting

All parents interested in having their child enrolled in the CUSD Language Immersion Program will complete either a paper or online Language Immersion Program Application within the application window for Language Immersion. Parents may submit only ONE application for one language immersion school.


3. Written Notification

Parents will receive a written notification as to whether or not their child was accepted into the Language Immersion Program within three weeks of the closing of the application window.


4. Enrollment Packet

Once parents have received written notification of acceptance into the program, an enrollment packet may be picked up at the school site. Enrollment packets must be completed and turned in to the school within the established time frame. Failure to return a completed packet within the school's timeline may result in revocation of acceptance and placement on a waiting list. 

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More Information


For additional information about the schools that offer a language immersion program, please visit their websites.

The Spanish Immersion Program is offered at northern, central, and southern locations. In this program, English language learners and native English speakers receive instruction in English and Spanish.


Spanish Language Immersion Program

North CUSD

Viejo Elementary School:

Fred Newhart Middle School:

Capistrano Valley High School:

Central CUSD

San Juan Elementary School:

Marco Forster Middle School

San Juan Hills High School

South CUSD

Las Palmas Elementary School

Bernice Ayer Middle School:

San Clemente High School


The District also offers a Mandarin Immersion Program at Bergeson Elementary School. Students from this program develop bi-literacy in reading, writing, and speaking English and Mandarin.


Mandarin Language Immersion Program

Bergeson Elementary School

Middle School - To be determined

Capistrano Valley High School:


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The Capistrano Unified School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying in all district activities, programs, and employment based upon actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, color, religion, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identification, sex, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Reference: AR 1312.3, BP 1312.3 and BP 5183.

Rich Montgomery, Executive Director, Human Resource Services/Compliance
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