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.

To learn more about the elementary immersion programs, hear from each school’s lead teacher, and understand the admission process, please view the presentation recording by visiting:  Individual school presentation information can be found here.  

Hear from some of our amazing students in the immersion program!  Deadline to apply is May 7, 2021!

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.

The application process for the 2021-2022 school year is from February 1, 2021 to May 7, 2021An MCPS ID number is required to submit the immersion interest lottery form. Please contact the home elementary school to submit the documents required for enrollment to obtain the ID number.

El proceso de solicitud para el año escolar 2021-2022 es del 1 de febrero de 2021 al 7 de mayo de 2021. 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.

Use the link below “Apply Now” once an MCPS Student ID has been secured.

How to Apply to an Elementary Program

The application link for the lottery process for the 2021-2022 school year is available below. 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 240-740-2556 or email

Apply Now 

Solicitud a Programas de Inmersión Lingüística

El enlace de aplicación para el proceso de lotería para el año 2021-2022 está disponible abajo. Un número de identificación de MCPS es necesario para la participación en el proceso de lotería de inmersión. Para asegurar un número de identificación de MCPS, por favor revise la opción en línea disponible aquí. Para más información, llame al 240-740-2556 o envié un correo electrónico a

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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 will be mailing the Notice of Intent forms in mid December 2020. The deadline to return the Notice of Intent form is January 8, 2021.

Families who are interested in the middle school immersion program who are not currently in an MCPS immersion program should call the DCCAPS (240-740-2540) office to inquire if space is available.

Middle School Immersion Programs FAQ's


Chinese Immersion - Middle School

French Immersion - Middle School

Spanish Immersion - Middle School