Dual language schools are unique because all children in the school learn in two languages. Frost Elementary and Whitman Elementary began offering dual language programming during the 2014-2015 school year by providing opportunities for all kindergarten students to study two languages during the school day. In 2015-2016 dual language instruction was added for first grade. One grade level will be added each year.
Components of our Dual Language Schools for 2015-2016:
- Language Enrichment Lessons for all K and 1st Grade Students
- Spanish FLES (Foreign Language in the Elementary School) for students in general education classrooms
- ESL (English as a Second Language) for students in bilingual classrooms
- Optional Opportunities for K-2nd Grade Students
- Extended Day Language Enrichment (additional FLES and ESL classes before school, at lunch, after school)
- Summer Language Enrichment (additional FLES and ESL classes during August)
Components of our Dual Language Schools for 2016-2017:
- Language Enrichment Lessons in Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grade
- Optional Extended Day and Summer Language Enrichment for K-3rd Grade
- Optional Enrollment in Dual Language Classroom for Kindergarten and 1st Grade
- Students study literacy and core content in both English and Spanish everyday
- Classrooms are comprised of students whose home language is English and students whose home language is Spanish (as well as speakers of other languages). Each student is a language expert and a language learner.
- Dual Language programs promote bilingualism and biliteracy, grade-level academic achievement and cross-cultural competence in all students.
- Students maintain their native language while adding another language, and they develop pride in their own culture while developing an understanding of others.
Dual Language at Frost Elementary and Whitman Elementary is supported through Title I funding. Questions about Dual Language should be directed to the district’s Title I Coordinator, Noreen Segal.