El Puente and Riverside, kindergarten through fifth-grade elementary schools that provide a dual-immersion education in both Spanish and English, invite new students who are native English speakers, as well as those who are native Spanish speakers.

The schools' curriculums stipulate that by the end of fifth grade, all students become fluent in both languages.

Students living in the Bilquist, Concord, Oak Grove, Oregon Trail, Riverside, Sunnyside, Duncan or View Acres attendance areas should apply to the Riverside Bilingual Program. The program is located on the Riverside Elementary campus at 16303 S.E. River Road, in Oak Grove.

Students living in the Ardenwald, Happy Valley Elementary, Lewelling, Linwood, Milwaukie, Mt. Scott, Scouters Mountain, Spring Mountain or Whitcomb attendance areas should apply to El Puente Bilingual School. The school is located on the Milwaukie Elementary campus at 11250 S.E. 27th Ave.

Tours of both bilingual programs will be offered from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on the following Tuesdays: Jan. 29; Feb. 5, 19 and 26; March 5, 12 and 19. For more information, call El Puente at 503-353-5480 or call Riverside at 503-353-5560.

Information meetings for prospective applicants are scheduled at both schools (in Spanish and English) on Thursday, Feb. 21, from 6 to 7 p.m. and on Saturday, March 9, from 10 to 11 a.m. Applications are due Friday, March 22, by 4 p.m.

Acceptance and waiting-list letters will be mailed by April 19. If the number of kindergarten applicants exceeds the number of spots available, admission will be determined by lottery.

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