Dual Language Program

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    District 47's Dual Language program is currently offered at Canterbury, Coventry, and North Elementary Schools and at Hannah Beardsley and Lundahl Middle Schools. The Dual Language Program is a parent-choice program and English-speaking students are only admitted at the kindergarten level. Due to its popularity, entry to the program is based on a lottery system. Upon applying and being accepted into the program, families are asked to commit their child to the program through 8th grade. 


    District 47's Dual Language Program integrates native English-speaking students with Spanish-speaking students for academic instruction, which is presented in both languages. Dual language classrooms (known as two-way immersion) begin with 70 to 80 percent of instruction in the partner language (Spanish) and 20 to 30 percent in the partner language (English). This ratio gradually increases until third grade at which time the language ratio becomes 50/50. 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. For more information about the program, click the link for our Dual Language Parent Handbook. To view the Dual Language Kindergarten Parent Presentation for the 2024-25 school year, click here. To view Middle School Dual Language Parent Information for the 2024-25 school year, click here.


    The dual language lottery is closed at this time, kindergarten placements have been assigned for the 2024-2025 school year. Informational meetings were held for families interested in the 2024/25 dual language program at the CORE Center, 300 Commerce Drive, Crystal Lake, IL 60014 and virtually. The meeting dates and times are listed below. Attendance at one of these meetings was required. Questions about the Dual Language program can be directed to Rebecca Morton, Director of Multilingual Programs, at rmmorton@d47.org.  

    • Thursday, February 8, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    • Monday, February 12, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
    • Tuesday, March 5, 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    • Wednesday, March 13, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.