Dual Language Immersion Program

(starting with Preschool 4 during the 2024-2025 school year)

Register for the Dual Language Immersion program by clicking HERE.



Partnership with the University of Notre Dame and the Archdiocese of Chicago

The University of Notre Dame has secured a generous grant to help our school grow a Dual Language Immersion (DLI) program.   This program will not replace our existing Preschool through 8th grade classrooms.  Instead, it will mean adding a dual language classroom, one year at a time, beginning with a PK-4 dual language class next year.  Over the course of the next decade, we will grow into 2 classrooms per grade, one a traditional English class and the other a dual language Spanish immersion class.

We are grateful to the University of Notre Dame and the Archdiocese of Chicago for entrusting our school with this unique and exciting opportunity.  We will work in close collaboration with faculty and staff from the University of Notre Dame to ensure the success of this program for years to come.




What is the Dual Language Immersion (DLI) program?

The DLI program is a form of bilingual education in which students are taught literacy and academic content in Spanish and English.  It offers a unique opportunity for students to excel academically and learn a second language. Our DLI program will foster:

  • bilingualism
  • bi-literacy
  • enhanced awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity
  • high levels of academic achievement through instruction in two languages


What are the benefits of the DLI program for students?
  • Students develop academic proficiency in Spanish and English.
  • Studies show that students perform as well as or better than their peers in non-dual language classrooms.
  • All students develop a positive sense of self and an understanding of other cultures.
  • Students also develop intercultural and global abilities that prepares them to succeed in today’s increasingly competitive global society.


Language allocation by grade level


Program Development and Timeline

One grade level will be introduced per year beginning with Preschool (4-year-old) during the 2024-2025 school year.

For Preschool curriculum information, click HERE.

St. Cletus School will still offer a traditional track, where students are taught all core subjects in English.   For students in the traditional track, they will receive instruction in Spanish during their weekly Spanish class.  Specials classes (Gym, Music, Art and Technology) for both DLI and traditional students will be in English.   

Please contact our Dual Language Immersion Coordinator, Frank Ochoa, at fochoa@stcletusparish.com or the school office at 708.352.4820 with any questions.


Register for the Dual Language Immersion program by clicking HERE.


Chicago Catholic article featuring St. Cletus’ Early Childhood Language Intensive Program for Preschool (3 year olds).