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Dual Immersion Program

Spanish Immersion Program

“We live in a global era that shapes world politics, commerce, the environment, and international relations.  Our increasingly connected world cries out for cultural understanding and for the desire and the ability of different nationalities to communicate.”   

Lore Carrera-Carrillo & Annette Smith
Burlingame School District Board recognizing the need to better prepare our students for the 21st century approved the development of the Two-Way Bilingual Immersion Program in the fall of 2007 at McKinley Elementary School. The Two-Way Bilingual Immersion program provides an immersion model for English-speaking students and a bilingual model for Spanish-speaking students. The content of the curriculum is the same as English-only classrooms and meets all the state standards.  The goal of the immersion program is to make students, whether they enter as English or Spanish speakers, fully bilingual through grade 8.
Please review the following materials for instructions on how to apply for the 2017-2018 Spanish Immersion lottery:

Dual Immersion Update 04-26-16

The Dual Immersion Team presented a program update to the Board of Trustees on April 26, 2016.


Click here to view the presentation

Dual Immersion Master Plan

Please click the link below to read the BSD Dual Immersion Master Plan:


Dual Immersion Master Plan

Amity Intern Program

Amity Institute Intern Program at Burlingame School District


                Burlingame School District (BSD) leadership has authorized (4) Spanish speaking Amity Institute interns (http://www.amity.org/new-cultural-exchange-page/) for Burlingame School District for the 2015-2016 school year. These interns will primarily work with the Dual Language Spanish Immersion classrooms, but will also spend some time assisting in Spanish language classes, ESL classes, and general education classrooms.


The Amity Institute

Founded in 1962 and based in San Diego, CA, Amity Institute facilitates international exchange programs. It’s Educational Internship Program provides future educators the opportunity to gain teaching skills under the direct supervision of a certified teacher in an American classroom. The Amity Institute Program is based on the belief that cultural exchange enables greater international understanding and friendship. During their assignment, participants volunteer for approximately 32 hours per week under the guidance of an experienced teacher.


Amity interns must be at least 20 years old, speak English and be enrolled at a college/university or have graduated no longer than 12 months before the start date of their program. Participants must have a career goal in education. Most importantly, interns must have an enthusiasm for working with US students and enjoy intercultural communication. Interns commit their time and energy as volunteer foreign language teaching assistants to their host schools and in return receive the opportunity to live, learn and teach in the USA. Host schools recruit volunteer host families who provide free room and board. To find out more about Amity please visit www.amity.org.


Friends of Dual Immersion

The Friends of Dual Immersion (FDI) will act as Amity Program Coordinator for the following items:

  • Partners with BSD for intern selection process with Amity Institute
  • Oversees the intern needs outside of school campus/the classroom (ex. Housing, transportation)
  • Defines host family criteria
  • Recruits host families and monitors situation at home
  • Assists the intern in establishing social contacts inside and outside of school


Meet our Amity Interns for 2015-2016

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McKinley's Interns

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Amity Intern - Cristina Rosado Blanco

My name is Cristina Rosado Blanco, and I am 24 years old.  I am from Segovia, a little town in Spain.  I studied elementary teaching in Valladolid University.  I have a little family, only one sister, but I have a lot of uncles, aunts and cousins of all ages. 

My favorite book is “La Sombra del Viento”.  Some of my hobbies are walking, reading, and listening to “pop” music from Spain.

I arrived here in Burlingame on August 25,th and I have already visited San Francisco, Las Vegas and had a fun trip to Great America. Each location was very memorable and wonderful.

I have been at McKinley Elementary School for around three weeks, and I have been observing all the classes.  I am impressed with the educational strategies used in this school.  I am learning a lot.  I love the opportunity to share my language and culture, for example yesterday I made Paella for my “buddy” family.

In conclusion, I am at home already, and I am really comfortable and happy to be here.  It’s a pleasure for me to be part of this team and I thank Burlingame School District for giving me this great opportunity with the Amity Intern Program.


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Amity Intern - Eliseo Rivas Cuellar

My name is Eliseo Rivas Cuellar, and I am 22 years old.  I am from El Salvador.  I grew up in the countryside, but when I was 15 years old I had to relocate.  I moved to the city where I studied high school.  I have a really extended family; I have six sisters and two brothers.  In my free time, I like reading and learning new things.  My favorite book is “The Shack,” by Paul Young.  I also like soccer. 

I came to San Francisco on August 24 on a long flight, but everything was perfect.  I have been here, in Burlingame, for around three weeks.  On my second day, I went to the Golden Gate Bridge which is a really amazing place.

I have been in the school for around two weeks, I have been observing all the classes, Spanish and English, and I like everything.  Also, I am having a perfect time with my host family.  We have been in different places, I have learned a lot.  I have also had the opportunity of learning more about the English language and American culture, and sharing my language, Spanish, and my culture, we made Pupusas this week.

In conclusion, I am just having a great time.  I am really happy to be part of McKinley Elementary School staff and to have the opportunity of learning and sharing different experiences through the Amity Intern Program.


BIS' Interns

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Amity Intern -Leison Mosquera Mosquera

Hello there! My name is Leison Jesus Mosquera Mosquera, I’m from Colombia and I live in Chocó department.

A big part of my experience as a teacher has been in a volunteer team, teaching math in the Barefoot Foundation in which many poor children have the opportunity to receive a formal education.

During that process, my love for working with children grew stronger. For that reason I decided to participate in an amazing cultural exchange program with BIS. I will then go back to my country and share my experience with my students.

It will be a great experience for both of us.


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Amity Intern -Carolina Mayoral

Hello, my name is Carolina Mayoral and I am excited to be part of the new Spanish immersion program team at Burlingame Intermediate School. 

I was born in Roses, Girona -Catalonia, and I moved to Barcelona to study Infantil and Primary Education. During my 5 years of student I was doing different school practice with children between 1 and 12 years old. 

Last year I searched different ways to achieve a job in a different country. When I discovered the Amity program I thought that could be a good way to discover another education system and improve how to teach in another country. 

I am sure that this year is going to be a good experience. I look forward to meeting all of you.