Dual language programs integrate native English-speaking students with Spanish-speaking students for academic instruction, which is presented in both languages. Classrooms are generally comprised of a minimum of one-third native English speakers and a maximum of two-thirds native Spanish speakers in order for a unique balance of languages to be met.
The dual language program is a parent choice program and families are encouraged to express interest at kindergarten registration as English-speaking students are only admitted at the kindergarten level. Upon registering a student for dual language, families are asked to commit their child to the program through eighth grade.
Dual language classrooms (known as two-way immersion) begin with 70 to 80 percent of instruction in the minority language (Spanish) and 20 to 30 percent in the majority language (English). This ratio gradually increases until third grade at which time the language ratio becomes 50/50.
District 47 currently offers dual language programs at Coventry, Canterbury, North and Hannah Beardsley Middle School, and hosts several dual language programs throughout the year (see below for dates). Starting with the 2017-18 school year, families must complete an application to be eligible for the program. Click here for the application. For more information about D47's dual language program, click on the FAQs to the right or the links below: