Thomas Edison Dual Immersion Application Process for the 2019-2020 School Year
Enrollment applications for grades kindergarten through 8th grade for Thomas Edison Language Institute Dual Immersion Program will be available Monday, December 3rd. All families who are interested in having their student attend the Dual Immersion Program must complete an application. Applications are available at San Juan Central, Thomas Edison School and on the district’s website. For applications to receive priority placement, they must be submitted by the dates listed below.
Neighborhood Residents of Thomas Edison Language Institute – Initial Neighborhood Enrollment February 7, 2019 to February 28, 2019:
Enrollment into the Thomas Edison Dual Immersion program will first place students who live within the school residential boundaries. Additional open spots will be made available to families through the intradistrict /open enrollment process and then to students who wish to attend from outside of the district (interdistrict transfer).
Intradistrict/ Open Enrollment Process - December 3, 2018 to January 18, 2019:
If the number of applicants exceeds the number of spots available in a specific grade and Spanish language fluency, the district will conduct an open enrollment lottery. Open enrollment is not on a first-come, first-served basis. A computerized random selection will determine which students are accepted for the Dual Immersion Program within the stratified language composition of 49% English only speaking students to a 51% students whose home language is Spanish.
The district’s open enrollment lottery for residents of SJUSD only will include the following priorities:
- Sibling(s) of a student currently enrolled in the Dual Immersion Program.
- Students whose parent/guardian is assigned as an employee to Thomas Edison Language Institute.
- Students whose school of residence for the following year receives Title 1 funds and is identified for program improvement, corrective action or restructuring.
- Students whose parent/guardian is an employee of San Juan Unified School District.
- All students who are residents in the San Juan Unified School District and who do not qualify for priority one or two.
Application Processing and Notification to Parents:
To support the research and best practices around the composition of the Dual Immersion Program, grade levels will be filled by applicants to support student composition of 49% English only speaking students to 51% students whose home language is Spanish. To assist in processing applications, all students who are self-identified on their application as bilingual or native Spanish speakers will be assessed before the lottery is processed using the Las Links assessment.
Families will be notified in writing by the middle of March if they have been selected to receive a dual immersion seat. Students who do not receive placement will be put on a waiting list. The waiting list will expire on December 31, 2018.