The goal is to have a balance of English Only and English Learner students enrolled in our Immersion Program. All enrolled Fremont Unified students are eligible to apply for the Immersion Program. A wait list will be generated if there are more students than space available at any grade. The Immersion application is available through Student Support Services at the district office.
In order for students to be successful in the Immersion Program, students should have a strong foundation in their home language. Students may continue in the Immersion Program through junior high (Grade 8).
Enrollment for students in Kindergarten and First Grade:
Students can begin the Immersion Program in kindergarten and first grade without taking an assessment.
Enrollment for students in Second through Sixth Grades:
New enrollment for any student in second grade or above who was not enrolled in the FUSD Immersion Program the previous year requires verification of language skills. Students need to be grade-level proficient in English and the target language to be successful in the program. The district will require a copy of English language arts grades and work samples as well as other documentation demonstrating that the student has proficiency in English and the target language. Students are assessed in the Immersion target language. See below for the enrollment procedure:
Step 1: Parent completes the Immersion Application form and turns into Student Support Services.
Step 2: Student Support Services provides Program Manager with the student information.
Step 3: Federal & State Program Manager contacts the family to determine eligibility.
Step 4: English proficiency is verified through state and local assessments. If the student meets the eligibility criteria, an assessment is scheduled.
Step 5: Students are tested at the district office using a computer adaptive assessment, and handwritten paragraph.
Step 6: Federal and State Program Manager informs the parents of the results.
Step 7: If the child is accepted into the program, Student Support Services, and the school are notified.
Step 8: Student Support Services contacts the parents with the start date and school details.
Enrollment for students in Seventh and Eighth Grade:
The Junior High Immersion Application will be provided to all 6th grade students in their incoming 7th grade enrollment packet from the school district. Applicants who completed 6th grade Immersion will be eligible for the program continuation upon submission of the Junior High Immersion Application. Students who would like to begin the Immersion Program in junior high will follow the same steps of enrollment for Step two through Step eight as outlined above.
Placement for students entering high school
Students completing the MIP program in the 8th grade will be automatically enrolled into 9th grade at the high school in their home school attendance area. They will be given the opportunity to request an intra-district into any other FUSD high school, providing there is sufficient space to accept them. Our current (2019/2020) 9th graders were automatically accepted into Mission San Jose High School as a result of a ‘pilot acceptance program’ approved by the school board in 2019. We hope to make this program permanent for all future MIP students. If it does become permanent, all MIP students entering 9th grade will be automatically enrolled in Mission San Jose High School, unless they explicitly request returning to their home attendance area high school.