Registration Day FAQ

The day of registration is now at our doorstep and many questions have come our way regarding this procedure.  Here is an attempt to get all the answers in one location.

Do I need to send my husband into the cold to camp out for a spot at Camarena?

NO! We are using a random lottery for all students enrolled by the end of the day on February 27.  There is no advantage to camping out.  You may see people camping out Tuesday night/Wednesday morning.  Rest assured those are Wolf Canyon parents who are still operating in a first come-first served procedure OR Camarena families who don’t read this website!!!

So, should I just show up at 8:00 AM and wait my turn?

Not unless you enjoy sitting in a school cafeteria on plastic chairs, updating your Facebook status until your thumbs bleed.  Please call 619-397-5494 today to get your appointment so that you can come in and be served in 30-45 minutes.

If my child is attending Wolf Canyon right now, or Eastlake, or Tiffany, or some other Chula Vista Elementary school, do I need to register my child on February 27th?

Absolutely Not.  Just turn in this handy Student Enrollment Form and you’re in! February 27th is for students who are entering Kindergarten or are new to the Chula Vista Elementary school District for 2013-14.

Student Enrollment Survey

Student Enrollment Survey SPANISH

You can turn these in at your home school or e-mail them to me at

When will I know what my lottery number is?

All families will be notified of their lottery number by Friday March 8.

Where there be enough space for all Camarena resident families?

I guarantee that there will be enough space for EVERY Camarena family that chooses to come to their home school in 2013-14.  The District just decided to build out the third building which brings our total number of classes to *36.  Therefore, the lottery is actually a moot point in relation to getting a spot in the school.  The only actual purpose for the lottery is to give priority to placement of students in the Dual Immersion program that will be offered.


Now that you mentioned it, what about Dual Immersion?

I thought you’d never ask! I made a whole post on Dual Immersion FAQ just for you.  Here’s where you can find it.

Dual Immersion FAQ

Will Camarena Elementary be accepting Zone Transfers?

The first priority is to make sure there is a seat for every family residing in the Camarena area.  Once those families are securely placed in classes, Zone Transfers (families living outside Camarena boundaries desiring to attend our school) will be considered on a first come-first served basis.

Please call 619-397-5494 or email me with any other great questions.

Dual Immersion: FAQ

Will Camarena Elementary offer a Dual Immersion Program?

Based on the interest from within the community, Camarena will definitely offer a Dual Immersion Program.

What grade levels will be able to access the Dual Immersion Program in 2013-14?

Kindergarten and 1st grade will be able to access a full Dual Immersion Program this coming school year.  Students in grades 2-6 who have not been in a Dual Immersion Program or who do not have grade level Spanish ability would not benefit from a Dual Immersion Program (according to the current model and its body of research).  Depending on funds, we can possibly offer language enrichment classes for these students.

What language(s) will be the focus of the Dual Immersion Program?

Spanish is the predominant language of most Dual Immersion Programs in San Diego County, in part because of our proximity to Mexico and the availability of credentialed teachers in Spanish.  However, other languages have been included in Dual Immersion Programs as a third language such as Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, and Tagalog.  The addition of a third language in an afternoon or after school program is possible, depending on funds and the availability of credentialed teachers.

What will be the Dual Immersion Model of Instruction at Camarena?

There are two primary models used for Dual Immersion.  They are the 90/10 model and the 50/50 model.  The Principal will make the final decision on the model after consultation with the school community to determine the goals of the families in Camarena and the program that best matches those goals.

How can I learn more about Dual Immersion?

Here are some websites and resources for further study so that you can be familiar with the available models:

Two Way Immersion: The Basics

Two Way Bilingual

Lengthy Review of Program Models

How does the lottery work?

Every student who is enrolled on February 27th will be placed in a random lottery to determine their priority for enrollment in the Dual Immersion Program.   Students enrolled after February 27th will be considered on a first come-first served basis.  Students who are currently in a Chula Vista Elementary School District Dual Immersion program who live within the  Camarena boundaries will be given priority for Dual Immersion at Camarena.  The classes are balanced by language so that there will be an equal number of spots for Spanish-speaking students and students whose primary langauge is other than Spanish.  We will assess students between registration day (February 27) and our decision on enrollment (Date TBA) to confirm Spanish language proficiency.  The reason for the language balance is because the program model relies on  students to serve as language models.  Thus, Spanish-speaking students are models of Spanish during Spanish instruction and English-speaking students are models of English during English instruction.

Please add more questions in the comments and I will gladly include those responses here.

Registration Procedures

Registration for Kindergarten and New Students

February 27th is the day to register your child in Camarena Elementary if you have an entering Kindergarten students OR your child has been attending a school outside the Chula Vista Elementary School District (CVESD).  Please join us on February 20th at 6:00 PM at Wolf Canyon Auditorium to clarify the procedures for registration.

Also, if you are a Camarena resident student AND you are currently enrolled in a Chula Vista Elementary School District you will be included in the lottery for Dual Immersion IF you turn in your Student Enrollment Survey by February 27th.

Any new student registered after February 27th or continuing CVESD student informing us after February 27th will be considered for Dual Immersion on a first come-first served basis.