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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 2018-2019 Spanish Immersion lottery:
Application Form (Opens February 4th 9am)

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 (3) Spanish speaking Amity Institute interns for Burlingame School District for the 2017-2018 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


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

Hosting an Amity Intern in your Home

Are you or your kids learning Spanish? Want to expose your family to Spanish culture? Want to share our wonderful Burlingame Community with an enthusiastic young adult? BSD is always looking for potential families to host Amity Interns for the Fall or Spring school year. Currently, the interns work as teaching assistants at McKinley Elementary and BIS. Obligations of the host families include:

  • Room and board (meals)
  • Private bedroom
  • Daily transportation to/from school
  • A nurturing, helpful environment throughout the intern's stay
  • Note: You do NOT need to speak Spanish in your household - the interns are coming in part to improve their English language skills

What's it like to host? ....The experience from a past host family.....

"Our goal in hosting was to provide our Amity interns with a family experience where we engaged in a meaningful relationship and to share the best of the Bay Area with them....[with our recent intern] the emphasis has been on sharing our culture by cooking together, playing games, learning music together and traveling. We have enjoyed the experience immensely and look forward to many more memory making experiences before she leaves." - BSD family, hosted a total of two Amity interns


If you are interested in being considered for a host family, or to find out more, please contact Julia Jones ( or Rachel Emanuel (

Meet our Amity Interns for 2017-2018

McKinley's Interns


Ana Irene Minguez Munoz (Irene) ~ Soria, Spain


My full name is Ana Irene Minguez, but everyone calls me Irene. I was born in Zaragoza, one of the largest cities in Spain. I moved to Soria when I was little. Soria is a very small city, located to the north of Madrid. I love this city because it snows and it is surrounded by nature. My family is made up of five members, my parents and two older brothers. My parents, Javier and Marisa, are both doctors. One of my brothers, Eduardo, is a chef, and the other, Javier, is a doctor just like my parents. My family and I have always enjoyed skiing and hiking together. Additionally, I love to travel and learn about new cultures


Maria Sitges ~ Madrid, Spain


My name is Maria. I'm twenty-four years old and I'm from Madrid. I'm the youngest of two sisters and one brother. I come from a very close family, now more than ever because I am expecting a new nephew soon. I've just finished my university studies on teaching elementary school, which always has been my dream. Another dream of mine is to spend a year abroad, so when I heard about Amity program I decided to apply for it. I am really enjoying this program, my host family and being in Burlingame. I love that Burlingame is so close to San Francisco. I'm very excited to continue this opportunity and hope to have a fantastic school year.


BIS Intern


Victor Sanz Calvo ~ Valladio, Spain


Hi everyone! My name is Victor Sanz and will be the 2017-2018 intern at BIS. I'm from Valladolid, Spain, where I've lived my entire life as well as studied at UVA (Universidad de Valladolid) to be a teacher. I would like to learn other educational methodologies different from my home country and the Amity program is a perfect way to do that. Since I was a child, I have liked to travel and meet people. Of course, the USA was one of my dream destinations. I feel that this program is an amazing opportunity to improve my English skills and experience a new culture and lifestyle. Importantly, I believe that teachers have the power to help young people develop and evolve. By becoming a better teacher, I feel I can contribute to making the world a better place. I'm looking forward to my new adventure in this country and am sure that it will be an unforgettable experience.