Dual Language Program
We're excited that so many families are interested in our Dual Language Programs! We are thankful for School Board support that allows every student at our school to begin learning a second language!
Speaking two languages at an early age has tremendous social and academic benefits for children. Our school took the initiative to build upon our FLES (Foreign Language in the Elementary School) program to pilot a two-way Spanish immersion program in the 2014-2015 school year. Our goals were to provide educational equity for English Learners as well as create a bilingual community in our school. Since 2014, the program has expanded to three or four immersion classes per grade level. We believe that giving our students this opportunity, whether through immersion or FLES, will mold our young learners into global citizens.
We generally use a lottery system to provide equitable access to immersion classes. Students not selected for the immersion classes are placed on a waiting list and still receive weekly Spanish instruction through our Spanish Discovery/FLES (Foreign Language in Elementary School) program.
Families will be notified of lottery selection in mid-August when the teacher assignments are available in Parent Portal.
We invited families who are new to the school to let us know their interest during registration. All Kindergarten classes are entered into the lottery unless an Opt-Out form is submitted. Students in grades 1-5 are automatically entered into the wait-list lottery and will be notified when spaces are available.
- Opt-Out Form:OPT-OUTImmersionSPAN-ENGL_22-23.pdf
To see more specific information about our Discovery and Immersion Language Programs, click here.
Interesting Facts About Language
- If you can speak in English and Spanish you can communicate with 80% of the people in the world --- that is about 5.7 billion people.
- Bilingualism is the norm in other countries, therefore monolingualism is the new illiteracy of the 21st century.