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Dual Language & ESL Programs

If you have questions about Dual Language and ESL programs, please contact Enrique Castro at

Dual Language Program

Thank you for your interest in the District 112 Dual Language program. This program, that has been running for more than 25 years, is dedicated to developing academic and cultural competence and bilingualism for students from preschool through eighth grade. Students enrolled in the Dual Language program may earn the Illinois Seal of Biliteracy and the Highland Park High School Dual Language Seal. The district also provides comprehensive ESL services to all schools district-wide. 

We invite you to review the program FAQ and other information on this page to further explore the program. You can also learn more about our programs through the Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee (BPAC). 

Dual Language Lottery Information

Annually, North Shore School District 112 holds a lottery for students who wish to participate in the Dual Language programs in kindergarten and first grade.

  • To be eligible for the kindergarten lottery, all families must complete the pre-registration process and provide the required proof of residency. Pre-registration forms will be available on February 1, 2024.
  • To be eligible for the first grade, families must fill out and submit an application. Applications will be available on February 1, 2024.

To be considered for Dual Language in the lottery pull, pre-registration and the application must be complete by February 29, 2024. Applications received after February 28, 2024 will be placed in the order received on the waiting list. 

Priority placement is only available to families who completed the pre-registration and application by February 29, 2024. Priority placement is in the following order: 

  1. Student has siblings currently enrolled in the Dual Language program
  2. Student attends the Early Childhood Dual Language program at Oak Terrace 

The tentative date for the lottery pull will be March 8. Families selected to participate in Dual Language from the lottery will have seven days from when they receive their communication to accept or decline placement in Dual Language. All applicants will receive communication on their application status following the lottery pull. 

Dual Language Frequently Asked Questions

Click on the following link to download answers to questions many parents and community members who are interested in joining our Dual Language have asked! 


¡Haga clic en el siguiente enlace para descargar las respuestas a las preguntas que muchos padres y miembros de la comunidad que están interesados en unirse a nuestro programa de lenguaje dual han hecho!


Overview: District 112 Dual Language Immersion Program

In an effort to celebrate and promote this special instructional program, we have created this video narrated by Northwood Middle School 6th-grade student Rafael Pickle (narrated in Spanish with English subtitles).


Dual Language Instruction in Kindergarten

This video shows literacy instruction in a kindergarten dual language classroom. It focuses on learning to read in both languages and student engagement.




Dominican Republic Capstone Trip Documentary

More than thirty 8th-grade Dual Language students and chaperones went on a service learning trip to the Dominican Republic. This trip was a capstone to their District 112 Dual Language experience.



Dual Language Kindergarten Teacher Ms Ashley Servin

Meet112 episode featuring Dual Language Kindergarten Teacher Ms. Ashley Servin.