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.
Families new to the dual language program with an incoming kindergartener must have attended an informational meeting in February 2023 to be eligible to apply for the program. Click here to view the presentation for the February 2023 Dual Language Informational Meetings. Questions about the Dual Language program can be directed to Rebecca Morton, Director of Dual Language and English Language Learners, at firstname.lastname@example.org.