Dual Language Program

Our Dual Language Program is not just designed for English Language Learners, but for native English speakers as well. This program successfully educates students belonging to each of these groups through a curriculum designed to foster an appreciation for one's own culture and the culture of others. Highly qualified teachers effectively plan rigorous English and Spanish language instruction in all content areas to guide students in achieving and exceeding the New York State Core Curriculum Standards. This curriculum, like the rest of our school, is community themed and project-based. Students interact with their local community in person, on paper and through technology. In addition, they experience the benefits of partnerships with New York City organizations to help them develop a sense of their individual roles in the community. Our dual language program is a subset within our building and is a microcosm of our theme. Community studies is exemplified by celebrating our diversity and helping students communicate in an ever increasing global world. Dual language programs teach content and subjects to children in two languages. Children who are accepted into this specialized pro- gram will receive half of their week taught in English and the other half taught in Spanish. The goal is different than bi-lingual or English as a second language programs, because the idea is not to transition the student out of Spanish and into English but rather for them to become fully fluent in both languages.