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.
GaDOE Dual Language Immersion Video Diary
Dual Language Videos from Ga State DLI Endorsement Program
Georgia DLI Programs in the news
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.
Benefits of DLI
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
(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)
For more information on Cobb programs click here
- 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)
Savannah Chatham School System