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The Montebello Unified School District launched the Dual Language Enrichment Program during the 1999-2000 school year. MUSD currently houses the Dual Language Immersion Program at La Merced Elementary (K-5th), Winter Gardens Elementary (K-5th), La Merced Intermediate (6th-8th) and Montebello Intermediate (6th-8th).

Frequently Asked Questions

How am I involved as a parent?

As a dual language parent, you will support your child by encouraging him in mastering both languages. Of course, there are many opportunities to work directly with the school to provide support as well.

Are my child’s teachers qualified?

Yes! Dual language teachers all hold advanced degrees, are specially trained in language instruction, and have a proven track record of success in both language instruction and on California’s standardized exams.


Dual Immersion Academy

School Sites

Elementary Schools K - 5


Opening Fall 2017  - KINDER ONLY!

Bell Gardens Elementary School

(562) 927-1223


          La Merced Elementary (323) 721-5043

 Winter Gardens Elementary (323) 268-0477


Intermediate School 6-8


La Merced Intermediate (323) 772-7262

Montebello Intermediate (323) 721-5111

MUSD Dual Immersion Academy

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Who is the Dual Language Immersion Program designed for?

The Dual Language Immersion Programs at La Merced and Winter Gardens are designed to meet the needs of both English proficient students and English language learners.

When can my child enter the Dual Language Immersion Program?

Your child should enter in kindergarten or first grade. However, older children that are Spanish proficient or have been enrolled in Bilingual Education programs may be eligible


What is the Dual Language Immersion Program?

In dual language programs, children are taught literacy and academic content in two languages.

Benefits for Students

  • Your child will receive support to attain high levels of achievement in English and Spanish literacy.
  • Your child will be immersed in an academically rigorous environment.
  • Your child will be part of a diverse learning group.
  • Your child will be able to communicate effectively in English and Spanish.
  • Your child will be eligible for the Seal of Biliteracy
  • Your child will be prepared to meet the economic needs for the 21st Century.

Program Goals

  • Bilingualism: High levels of proficiency in English and a second language.
  • Biliteracy: High levels of academic proficiency in English and a second language.
  • Multicultural Competence: Understanding of different cultures and development of high self esteem.