Dual Language Program
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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 minority language (Spanish) and 20 to 30 percent in the majority language (English). This ratio gradually increases until 3rd 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.
The Dual Language Program is a parent-choice program and English-speaking students are only admitted at the kindergarten level. Upon applying and being accepted into the program, families are asked to commit their child to the program through 8th grade. Informational meetings for incoming kindergarten parents were held virtually via Zoom February 11-12, 2021. New families to the dual language program with an incoming kindergartener for the 2021-22 school year must have been in attendance at one of these meetings to be eligible to apply for the program.