What does dual language instruction look like?

Our student body isdiverse.  About half of our students comefrom Spanish speaking homes while the other half have little or no exposure toSpanish.  Yet no student feels left out and all have the opportunity to help their peers in the language they are mostcomfortable with.

Our teachers work closelytogether and plan each month of instruction, carefully considering languageproficiency when introducing content. Students spend one entire week of learning in English, frequently whennew concepts are introduced.  Thefollowing week of instruction is taught in Spanish where teachers enhance andexpand their learning in the second language. Students exit our program asfluent, competent readers and writers in both languages.