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Dual Language Immersion

Additive Bilingualism

In our dual language program, students learn a second language while continuing to learn and utilize their home language. Our 50% English + 50% Spanish program integrates native Spanish speakers with native English speakers. Students are taught literacy and academic content in English and in Spanish daily as they rotate through two classrooms. The dual language program builds upon students’ strengths, and, by increasing their proficiency in their home language, enables students to acquire a second language.

3 Pillars of Dual Language Immersion

Students in Dual Language Immersion programs come away with higher academic achievement, linguistic proficiency, and sociocultural competence in both languages. Research shows bilingualism has many benefits including improved cognitive skills, memory, decision making, and focus.


All incoming Kindergarteners are eligible to enroll in the Dual Language Immersion Academy at Hannalei, whether they reside within the Vista Unified district or outside the district.

Complete the interest form below to reserve your spot today.  In March, Kindergarten registration officially opens.  We ask that you follow the regular registration process and then our staff will reach out to you regarding a space in our Dual Language Immersion program.  

DLI Interest Form



Intradistrict Transfers (one Vista Unified school to Hannalei) :

Click here for more information and for the Intradistrict Transfer link. These applications can be submitted online or in-person at Student Support Services at the District Office, located at 1234 Arcadia Avenue, Vista, CA 92084.

Interdistrict Attendance Permit (a transfer from one district to Hannalei ):

Click here for more information.If applying from a different district to attend Vista Unified School District, please contact your school district of residence for information on how to submit the Interdistrict Attendance Permit to that district directly.

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