Transfer requests into our Dual Language/Immersion Programs

The overall goal of the World Languages & Dual Language/Immersion program is to promote high academic achievement in literacy and proficiency in two languages while enhancing the level of cultural awareness among students. “Late Entry” means that a student is entering a specialized program at a grade other than the normal entry grade of kindergarten. This applies to students who will be entering 1st grade and higher. Our dual language/immersion programs are not designed for students who have not had exposure to the target language. Students in these programs should already be familiar with the language. 

Here are the magnet schools in CMS that offer this opportunity:

  1. Charlotte East Language Academy (Spanish) – grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and (6th grade-School Year 2023-2024)
  2. Collinswood Language Academy (Spanish) – grades 1 through 8
  3. Oaklawn Language Academy (Spanish) – grades 1 through 8
  4. North Academy of World Languages (Chinese, German, French) – grades 1, 2 and (3rd grade-School Year 2023-2024)
  5. South Academy of International Languages (Chinese, Japanese, German, French) – grades 1 through 8

This is a 3-step process. Students who wish to be considered for placement must:

  1. Be enrolled as a student in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.
  2. Submit an online Request for Transfer or Reassignment.  Families new to CMS have 10 days to submit the request after enrolling into the district.  
  3. Sign up to take the Late-Entry Assessment. (Sign Up using the link below)
Students in grades 1 – 8 who are new to our dual language/immersion programs must meet proficiency on the late-entry assessment. The assessment will only determine eligibility for a dual language/immersion program. It does not guarantee placement. Placement depends on whether there is space available in the program. Kindergarten students enter by participating in the CMS Magnet Lottery and do not need to complete an Entry-Assessment.

Reassignment & Transfer Period for 2023-2024 school year dates:

Request for Reassignment Period for the district: March 6, 2023 – March 24, 2023                                 

*Students brand new or re-enrolling to the district after this date will have ten business days after enrolling to submit a request for reassignment for the 2023-2024 school year. An application does not guarantee approval. Request for Transfer period in order to receive an answer by the start of school: March 25, 2023– July 14, 2023

                          At this time, the Sign-Up for Dual Language and Immersion Programs Late-Entry Assessment is close for the current school year. There are no transfers for DLI during the last 4th Quarter of the current school year. Late-Entry Assessment for School Year 2023-2024 will start in April-August 2023. Transfers for the next school year will open on March 6th, 2023.  Next Late-Entry Assessment dates:

Saturday, April 29th, 2023

Saturday, May 20th, 2023

Saturday, June 10th, 2023

Saturday, July 22nd, 2023

Saturday, August 12th, 2023

For more details and to request the evaluation use the link below to register. Thank you

Click Here to Sign-Up for Spanish Dual Language Late-Entry Assessment

Click Here to Sign up for Chinese, German, French or Japanese Immersion Late-Entry Assessment

Do you want to help your child prepare for the assessment?