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World Language Immersion Program

MCPS offers immersion programs in three target languages at seven schools. Partial instruction in Chinese, and full instruction in both French and Spanish. Students may begin in Kindergarten and can continue through Grade 8. Some immersion programs are based on geographic location and/or give preference to local school students.

Learn more about the MCPS Elementary Immersion Programs available for students entering Kindergarten in Fall 2024. The programs are also available for students in Grades 1-5 who are residents of Montgomery County and have experience in one of the three target languages: Chinese, French and Spanish.  Hear from each school’s lead teacher, and learn about the admission process in the video below. 

Individual school presentation information can be found on the schools website.  Meeting dates can be reviewed here.  

Any student entering grades K–5 in the following school year may participate in the immersion lottery. Students may choose to continue into the feeder middle school immersion program.

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Check out the video below to hear from some of our immersion students.

Apply Now ~ Aplica Ya

The application process for the 2024-2025 school year is from February 1, 2024 to April 19, 2024. To submit an application please click on the Apply Now link below.   All applications received after the 4/19/24 deadline will be added to the bottom of the wait list in the order they are received. An MCPS ID number is required to submit the immersion interest form. Please contact the home elementary school to submit the documents required for enrollment to obtain the ID number.

 El proceso de la aplicación  para el año escolar 2024-2025 es del 1 de febrero de 2024 al 19 de abril de 2024. Para admitir una aplicación, por favor marque en el enlace abajo mencionado. El periodo de aplicación de la lotería de inmersión se ha cerrado. Todas las solicitudes recibidas después 19 de abril de 2024 (la fecha límite) se agregaran al final de la lista de espera en el orden en que se reciben. Un número de identificación de MCPS es requisito para admitir el formulario de interés en la lotería de inmersión. Por favor comuníquese con su escuela elementaría local para presentar sus documentos requeridos para la inscripción y obtener un número de identificación.

How to Apply to an Elementary Program

The immersion interest form will be available below on February 1, 2024. An MCPS assigned ID number is required for participation in the immersion lottery process. To secure an MCPS Student ID number, please contact the home elementary school based on your address. This is the first step in the process of registering your student into the school system. For more information, call 240-740-7909 or email

Apply Now (available 2/1/2024)  

Solicitud a Programas de Inmersión Lingüística

El enlace de aplicación para el proceso de lotería para el año 2024-2025 esta disponible a partir del 1 de febrero del 2024. Un número de identificación de MCPS es necesario para la participación en el proceso de lotería de inmersión. Para más información, llame al 240-740-7909 o envié un correo electrónico a

Aplica Ya
(disponible a partir del 1 de febrero del 2024)

Immersion Language K 2023  

Frequently Asked Questions:

Frequently Asked Questions about immersion programs


Watch this short clip about immersion programs. 

Elementary Programs

Programs At-A-Glance  

Elementary Immersion Information Meetings

Chinese Immersion - Elementary

French Immersion - Elementary

Spanish Immersion - Elementary

Middle School Immersion Programs

Application Process for Middle School Immersion Programs

Current grade 5 immersion students will complete a Notice of Intent form to continue to the middle school immersion program. DCCAPS emailed the Notice of Intent forms in December 2023. The deadline to return the Notice of Intent form was early January 2024.

Families who are interested in the middle school immersion program who are not currently in an MCPS immersion program should call the DCCAPS (240-740-7800) office to inquire if space is available.

Middle School Immersion Programs

Chinese Immersion 

French Immersion 

Spanish Immersion