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 Dual Language Immersion Programs in Georgia

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Welcome to the Georgia Department of Education's Dual Language Immersion Initiative webpage.  Below is information on resources, ongoing professional development opportunities, and a current list of schools offering Dual Language Immersion programs.  For information on specific program details, such as application procedures, curriculum details, etc., please contact the schools/systems.  ​

Dual Language Immersion, ESOL and Federal Programs 

Dual Language Immersion_ESOL_and_Federal Programs 

The Georgia Department of Education World Languages and Global Workforce Initiatives, in cooperation with Federal Programs and ESOL, has recently developed further guidance for systems regarding the Dual Language Immersion Model and its role as a state-approved ESOL delivery model. (State Board of Education Rule IDDG 160-4-5-.02 Language Assistance: Program for English Learners (ELs)).​

Schools' Civil Rights Obligations to English Learner Students and Limited English Proficient Parents​.​

GaDOE Dual Language Immersion Video Diary

To help raise awareness about the Dual Language Immersion Model and to educate stakeholders on the important aspects and benefits of these programs, we have launched an effort called Georgia’s Video DLI Diary.  The purpose is to take the viewer inside some of Georgia’s DLI programs around the state and share impressions and interviews with students, teachers, parents, administrators and others to learn firsthand about the model and its benefits!  You can see some of the videos from the first of our school visits by following the links below! 

Video Links from the GLOBE Academy: 

Video Links from the International Charter School of Atlanta:

                Video Links from Sprayberry High School's bilingual programs:

​Georgia’s Dual Language Immersion (DLI) Program Initiative

In Georgia dual language programs, the students spend at least half of their school day in the target language and the other half-day in English. Some programs may choose to increase the percentage of the day spent in the target language in the early years. Immersion students are taught Math, Science, Literacy and sometimes Social Studies in the target language. They are taught English Language Arts, Reading, and usually Specials in English.

The Benefits of DLI

  • Second Language Skills: DLI students achieve higher proficiency in the second language than with traditional Foreign Language instruction.

  • Cognitive Skills: DLI students typically develop greater cognitive flexibility, demonstrating increased attention and memory, superior problem-solving skills as well as an enhanced understanding of their primary language. 
  • Performance on Standardized Tests: DLI students perform as well as or better than English-only students on standardized tests in English, including students from a range of socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds, as well as with diverse cognitive and linguistic abilities.
  • Intercultural Competency: DLI students are more aware of and generally show more positive attitudes towards other cultures and an appreciation of other people.
  • Long-Term Benefits: DLI students are better prepared for the global community and job markets in the 21st century.
  • Higher Attendance-Rates and Fewer Drop-Outs: Students from DLI programs have higher attendance rates and lower drop-out rates compared to regular programs.

New Dashboard shows DLI public schools in Georgia​

Need to see where current DLI programs are located on a map?  Click this link​
(Special thanks to Ms. Smithson and Mrs. Ingram) 

For a report of DLI programs nationwide, view the 2021 CANVASS OF DUAL LANGUAGE AND IMMERSION (DLI) PROGRAMS IN US PUBLIC SCHOOLS below from the American Councils for International Education.


Public DLI Schools in Georgia ( 2023-2024)

State Charter Schools

Atlanta Public Schools (For more information on APS Programs click here​.)

Clarke County

Clayton County

​​​​Cobb County

For more information on Cobb programs click here​.

Crisp County

Dalton Public Schools
DeKalb County

§  Ashford Park ES - German (K-5)

§  Barack H. Obama Elementary Magnet School ofTechnology​ - Spanish (K-5)

§  Chamblee MS - German (6-8)​

§  Evansdale ES - French (K-5)

§  Henderson MS - French (6-8)

* McNair MS​ - Spanish (6)

§  Pleasantdale ES - Spanish (K-3)

§   Rockbridge ES - French (K-5)​

§  Stone Mountain MS​ – French (6-8)

§  The GLOBE Academy Charter School - Chinese, French, Spanish (K-8)​​​

Douglas County
Forsyth County 
Fulton County
  • Mimosa ES - Spanish (K-5)
  • Lake Forest ES - Spanish (K-5)
  • Hapeville ES​ - Spanish (K-4)
  • Elkins Pointe Middle School (DLI Continuation - Spanish)
  • Haynes Bridge Middle School (DLI Continuation - Spanish)
  • Ridgeview Charter Middle School (DLI Continuation - Spanish)
Gwinnett County
For more information on Gwinnett programs click​ here.
Hall County
Marietta City Schools 
​​Rockdale County
​​Savannah Chatham School System


 Contact Information

Program Specialist for World Languages & Global Work Initiatives

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