D47 Dual Language Program
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 during 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. If interested in the dual language kindergarten program, parents must attend an informational meeting. Click here for meeting dates. Entry to the program is based on a lottery system.
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. Starting with the 2017-18 school year, families must complete an application to be eligible for the program. For more information about D47's dual language program, click on the FAQs at right.
If questions, please contact Amy Mosquera, Director of ELL and Dual Language, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 815.788.5035.