Terwilliger Dual Language Immersion (DLI) Magnet


    Terwilliger Elementary School is the first school in Alachua County Public Schools to offer Dual Language Immersion (DLI).  Some of the benefits of learning in a DLI model include increased cognitive dexterity and problem-solving skills, embracing cultural awareness and diversity, and enhanced communication skills in both languages. 

    A DLI model of instruction begins in kindergarten the first year and expands each year until fully implemented in Grades K-5. Additionally, a new group of kindergarten students would begin each year. The program encourages participation by English and target language speaking students. The model of instruction is 50/50 English and Spanish with the goal of developing bilingual, bi-literate, and bi-cultural students. 

    Admission into DLI requires a long-term K-5 commitment to fulfill our dedication to each student becoming bilingual, bi-literate, and bi-cultural. Programming will be developed in the secondary schools to support students who complete the K-5 program with the aspiration to earn the prestigious Florida Seal of Bi-literacy in middle school or high school.

    For more information, please contact the principal, Mrs. Harbour (harbourh) or call the school at  (352)955-6717.



Magnet Application Information

  • Applications for the 2024-2025 school year will open on January 16, 2024 and close at 4:00 p.m. on February 13, 2024.  You must have the application completed by 4:00 on that day in order to be considered for the first round of review.  Any applications after that time will be processed as a late application.  The link to the application will be on the district’s magnet website (www.sbac.edu/magnet).  The open house schedule, as well as links to all programs, are also on that site. 

    If you have program specific questions, please contact us at the school.  For general questions, please contact the district magnet office by emailing alachuamagnets@gm.sbac.edu or by calling 352-955-7121.

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Magnet Faculty

Grade Level Teacher
Kindergarten Ana Zuber
Kindergarten Gabby Smolenski
First Grade Desiree DiPerna
First Grade Mayte Ambite - Calvo