Dual Language Education Programs
These popular and successful programs allow students to learn a second language by studying grade level academic content in two languages. DCPS’s Dual Language Education programs are enriched educational programs and participating students are expected to become bilingual, biliterate and culturally competent.
Bilingual programs like DCPS’s Dual Language programs are supported by research which has shown the immense benefits of bilingualism. Mastery of two languages increases mental flexibility, strengthens problem-solving skills, and leads to higher scores on verbal standardized test scores in English.
In addition, bilingual individuals tend to be more accepting of others and open to new and creative ideas. Research has also shown that English learners in a dual language programs close the language and achievement gap more quickly than students in other types of academic programs.
Dual Language programs are offered in from Preschool through 8th grade at various schools.
Currently, the following schools offer Spanish/English Dual Language programs: Bancroft, Bruce-Monroe, Cleveland, Columbia Heights Education Campus, Marie Reed, Oyster-Adams, Powell, and Tyler Elementary.
For more information about Dual Language programs in DCPS, please view the Dual Language Education Programs FAQ or contact Katarina Brito at the Office of Bilingual Education at Katarina.Brito@dc.gov.