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 was added each year and both schools offered dual language at all grade levels in the 2019-2020 school year.
Components of our Dual Language Schools:
- Language Enrichment Lessons for students in general education classrooms
- Optional Extended Day and Summer Language Enrichment
- Optional Enrollment in Dual Language Classroom for all grades
- 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.
Additional questions about Dual Language should be directed to the district’s Director of Language Services, Ania Figueroa.