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Dual Language Programs

What is Dual Language Education?

Dual Language Education is an educational program in which students study grade level content in two languages. Students typically enter the program in the early years and develop reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills in a second language over the course of a number of years. The long-term goals of Dual Language education programs are:

  • Bilingualism
  • Biliteracy
  • High academic achievement
  • Cultural competency

DCPS Dual Language Programs

DCPS will offer 11 Dual Language programs in School Year 16-17:

School Program Information Contact Information School Leader
Bancroft Elementary Spanish/English
Pre-K – 5th grade
Whole school
1755 Newton Street, NW
Washington, DC
20010
(202) 673-7280
Principal:
Mr. Arthur Mola
Arthur.Mola@dc.gov
Bruce-Monroe @ ParkView Elementary Spanish/English
Pre-K – 5th grade
Whole school
3560 Warder Street, NW
Washington, DC
20010
(202) 576-6222
Principal: 
Ms. Alethea Bustillo
Alethea.Bustillo@dc.gov
Cleveland Elementary Spanish/English
Pre-K – 5th grade
Strand program
1825 8th Street, NW
Washington, DC
20001
(202) 939-4380
Principal:
Ms. Anna Krughoff
Anna.Krughoff@dc.gov​​​​​​​
Columbia Heights Education Campus Spanish/English
Grades 6 – 8
Whole school
Grades 9 – 12
Strand program
3101 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC
20010
(202) 939-7700
Principal:
Ms. Maria Tukeva
Maria.Tukeva@dc.gov
Houston Elementary Spanish/English
Pre-K 3 and Pre-K 4
Whole School
1100 50th Place, NE,
Washington, DC
20019
(202) 671-6170
Principal:
Mr. Rembert Seaward
Rembert.Seaward@dc.gov
MacFarland Middle School Spanish/English
Grades 6 - 7
Whole school
4301 13th Street, NW
Washington, DC
20011
(202) 576-6130
Principal:
Mr. Mark Sanders
Mark.Sanders@dc.gov​​​​​​​
Oyster-Adams Bilingual School Spanish/English
Pre-K – 8th grade
Whole school
(PK-3) 2801 Calvert Street, NW
Washington, DC
20008
(202) 671-6130

(4-8) 2020 19th Street, NW
Washington, DC
20009
(202) 671-0229

Principal:
Ms. Mayra Canizales
Mayra.Canizales@dc.gov
Powell Elementary Spanish/English
Pre-K – 5th grade
1350 Upshur Street, NW
Washington, DC
20011
(202) 671-6270
Principal:
Ms. O’Kiyyah Lyons-Lucas
O’Kiyyah.Lyons-Lucas@dc.gov
Reed Elementary Spanish/English
Pre-K – 5th grade
Strand program
2201 18th Street, NW
Washington, DC
20009
(202) 673-7308
Principal:
Ms. Katie Lundgren
Katie.Lundgren@dc.gov
Roosevelt High School Spanish/English
Grades 9 - 10
Strand program
4301 13th Street, NW
Washington, DC
20011
(202) 576-6130
Principal:
Ms. Aqueelha James
Aqueelha.James@dc.gov
Tyler Elementary Spanish/English
Pre-K – 5th grade
Strand program
1001 G Street, SE
Washington, DC
20003
(202) 939-4810
Principal: 
Mr. Mitchell Brunson
Mitchell.Brunson@dc.gov

Benefits of Bilingual Learning

Long-term studies of test results show that students in Dual Language programs tend to equal or exceed their peers who are learning only in English and Dual Language students have the added benefit of learning a second language!  Additionally, Dual Language students…

  • Develop strong reading, writing and speaking skills in two languages.
  • Often outperform monolingual peers on standardized assessments.
  • Develop cognitive flexibility and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrate greater understanding, appreciation and respect for other cultures and languages. 
  • Are prepared for a globalizing world and job market.

How to Enroll Your Child in a Dual Language Program

Early Childhood

  • As with all DCPS early childhood programs, families interested in Dual Language Pre-Kindergarten programs must apply through the MySchoolDC lottery.

Elementary

  • All elementary Dual Language programs are “boundary” schools. If you live in a Dual Language school boundary, your child is eligible to enroll in that school.
  • Dual Language programs at some schools are “strand programs,” which means that Dual Language is optional and some students attend English-only classes. In strand program schools, please specify that you are interested in the Dual Language option upon enrollment. Older students must demonstrate Spanish language skills to enroll.
  • If you are not in a Dual Language school boundary, please apply through the MySchoolDC lottery for a Dual Language program. 

Middle and High School

  • Families should apply to Dual Language middle and high school programs through the MySchoolDC lottery. Some secondary schools require language testing prior to admittance. 

Frequently Asked Questions about DLE (English)

Can my child start the Dual Language program at any age?  For the majority of Dual Language programs, children who do not have a background in Spanish must enter no later than 1st grade so that they can build language skills in the early grades. The one exception to this policy is Columbia Heights Education Campus (CHEC), which has a structured late-entry program that accepts students of all language proficiencies in 6th grade. 

My pre-K child doesn’t speak Spanish. How will s/he understand?  Dual Language teachers are trained as both subject area and language teachers and make lessons understandable to all students by using  hands-on learning, visual supports, interactive activities, and by teaching subject areas thematically.

We don’t speak Spanish at home. Is that a problem? It is not necessary for the new language to be used at home. Dual Language teaching teams work together to make sure that your child is developing both their first and second languages from the early childhood grades and on. 

How long will it take my child to learn Spanish? Although your child may begin speaking and understanding their new language during their first year in the program, research has shown that it can take 4—7 years for students to develop full proficiency. This program requires a long term commitment from parents and students!
How will learning in two languages affect my child’s test scores? Studies have shown that bilingual children often outperform their monolingual peers.

Preguntas frecuentes sobre la educación de doble inmersión (español)

¿Puede mi hijo(a) comenzar en doble inmersión a cualquier edad?  Es preferible comenzar antes del 1er grado para que los niños desarrollen sus destrezas de  lenguaje desde edad temprana pero los alumnos con aptitud en español podrán ser inscritos en cualquier grado.

Nosotros no hablamos inglés en casa.  ¿Es eso un problema? No es necesario hablar el nuevo idioma en casa. Los equipos de maestros trabajan juntos para asegurarse que los estudiantes desarrollen ambos idiomas desde edad temprana en adelante.

Hablamos español en casa.  ¿Por qué debe mi hijo estudiar el español en la escuela? El aprender otro idioma ayuda a aumentar la habilidad de aprender ingles. Además muchos padres no tienen  tiempo para  seguir motivando el desarrollo del español en casa y sin seguir los estudios en español sus hijos  pierden la habilidad de comunicar efectivamente en español.

¿Cuánto tiempo le tomará a mi hijo(a) aprender el nuevo idioma? Aunque su hijo(a) comenzará a hablar y comprender el nuevo idioma en un par de años, las investigaciones demuestran que puede llevarse de 4 a 7 años para que los estudiantes dominen el nuevo idioma. ¡Este programa requiere un compromiso de los padres y alumnos a largo plazo!

¿El aprender en dos idiomas afectará los resultados de mi hijo(a)?  Con el apoyo en casa, su hijo(a) deberá ser capaz de hacer lo mismo que los estudiantes en programas en inglés solamente y los estudios han demostrado que con el tiempo, los niños bilingües a menudo se desempeñan mejor que los niños que solo hablan un idioma.
 

For more information, please email Katarina Brito: katarina.brito@dc.gov