Approximately 70% of the subject courses are taught in French in grades 1 through 5. Starting in the 2020-21 school year DIS offers an immersion program for grades 1-3 for students without prior exposure to French. Applicants transferring from an accredited French school are welcomed to submit their applications along with a copy of their school records for the past two years, and Certificat de Scolarité by the January 31 deadline.
New for 2020-21 School Year, French Immersion Program for grades 1-3
Why language immersion?
More than forty years of research consistently documents the power of immersion programs to help students attain high levels of second language proficiency. No other type of instruction, short of living in a second-language environment, is as successful. Young children especially thrive in this type of instructional environment. Happily, language immersion is also the least expensive way to deliver second language instruction.
How does it work at DIS?
In the Dallas International School Immersion Program, instruction is divided between two high quality classrooms at the beginning of the year: a bilingual DIS classroom and a French immersion classroom. The English teacher uses thirty percent of the instructional time to teach English language arts; both French teachers use seventy percent of instructional time to teach French language arts, math, social studies, science, and other topics from the grade-appropriate level of the French Curriculum accredited by the French Ministry of Education. You will be amazed at how quickly your child becomes a comfortable and competent French speaker.
An immersion class includes three grade levels, combining students from 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades. The immersion class holds a minimum of six students, with a maximum of 12. Each immersion student is linked to a main classroom with a main teacher.