If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.

-Nelson Mandela

Spanish-English Dual Immersion

The Spanish-English Dual Immersion (DI) at Gabriela Mistral is a K - 5th grade, choice program in the Mountain View Whisman School District. This program brings together Spanish and English speaking students and families in a school that is bilingual, multicultural, and academically enriching.

The goals of the Dual Immersion program are for students to:

  • Develop fluency and literacy in two languages: Spanish and English
  • Meet or exceed state and district guidelines in all academic subjects
  • Develop high self-esteem and confidence
  • Cultivate an understanding and appreciation of other cultures, preparing them for a multicultural world

The Spanish-English Dual Immersion staff, students and families value language learning and diverse cultures. All office staff and Dual Immersion teachers are bilingual. We encourage you to visit our classrooms and see the progression of our children as they develop their capacity to think, discuss, explain, and problem solve in two languages

The Dual Immersion Program at Mistral is open for enrollment in January for Kindergarten and 1st grade students from all neighborhoods in Mountain View Whisman School District (MVWSD) and subject to the district's open enrollment process for a Choice program. Currently inter-district transfers for students outside of the MVWSD into the DI Program at Mistral are not allowed. To learn more about the MVWSD registration process visit the district website.


This school is a true gem. We are thrilled with the resources, the excellent staff and the many enriching academic programs available to the kids.

My son has started to read on his own in both English and Spanish and he has only been in school for 9 weeks! We have begun to learn Spanish ourselves and value the unique opportunity Mistral provides to expand our family's outlook and life experience.

We chose Mistral's DI program over other district schools and private schools. It offered something truly unique and valuable, that we could not offer our children any other way: the gift of a second language.

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