Parents with children from any language background may select this option. This choice is a long-term commitment (K-5) since the benefit of Dual Language education takes 5-8 years to fully develop. Students who do not have any Spanish language ability are not accepted into this program after Kindergarten. Fluctuations in enrollment may be cause for the administration to determine if students must be exited from the Dual Language program. In this event the school will utilize a placement criteria developed for the Dual Language Program.
Students will become bilingual and bi-literate and will achieve proficiency in all academic subjects in Spanish and English.
Program Design Bilingual Seal
Children study and learn in both English and Spanish. We employ the 80/20 model. Students in Kindergarten use the 80/20 model, 1st grade students are instructed in the 70/30 model, 2nd grade uses 60/40 model and 3rd-5th grade uses the 50/50 model. Students are expected to reach grade level standards in Reading, Writing, and Math in BOTH languages by the end of fifth grade. English dominant, Spanish dominant and bilingual students work together, learning from each other.
When students complete the 5th Grade Bilingual program, they will receive their Elementary Bilingual Seal.
In the English Plus strand, students study academics primarily in English. In this strand, only students who have Spanish designated as a home language on their registration card will receive Spanish Language Arts and culture instruction from a bilingual resource teacher for 45 minutes per day. If your child does not have Spanish home language indicated, he/she will NOT receive Bilingual classes.
Students will achieve proficiency in all academic subjects in English while providing support for different language levels.