Dual Language Program

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    District 47 currently offers Dual Language Programs at Coventry, Canterbury, North and Hannah Beardsley Middle School. Starting with the 2018-19 school year, the Dual Language Program will also be offered at Lundahl Middle School. 


    Entry to the Dual Language Program is based on a lottery systemThe window for applying for Dual Language for the 2018-2019 school year has closed. No further applications will be accepted at this time. The lottery for placement into the program will take place on April 10, 2018. All families will be notified of placement during the week of April 16, 2018.  


    Program Overview

    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.


    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.


    The Dual Language Program is a parent-choice program and families are encouraged to express interest prior to kindergarten registration as 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 eighth grade.    


    For more information about D47's Dual Language Program, see the links at right. If questions, please contact director Kari Keith at kkeith@d47.org