Dual Language Program
Dual Language Enrichment Program
The Edison dual language program will be an 80/20 model for kindergarten. This means that most of the instruction in kindergarten, including formal literacy for all students, will be in Spanish, with English gradually added throughout the elementary years.
The goal of the program is to ensure that all students who participate achieve proficiency in both Spanish and English. Considerations for application:
* Children should be developmentally on target in his/her native language; and
* The child has already expressed an interest in different people, places and things; and
* The child desires to become fluent in Spanish and English; and
* As a family, there is support for learning a second language through school attendance, participation in school events and practice of both languages in your home.
If you have any questions about this process, please contact the Teaching and Learning Department at 526-6735.
- English and Spanish
- Cultural Respect
- Grade level subject content
- How to work well with others
Two-Way Language Enrichment Program
Develop fluency and literacy in two languages: Spanish and English.
Achieve proficiency in all academic subjects, meeting or exceeding district guidelines.
Cultivate an understanding and appreciation of other cultures, and develop positive attitudes toward fellow students, their families and their community.
The Two-Way Language Enrichment Program is a language-oriented program designed to build fluency in both Spanish and English. Native Spanish and English speaking children have an opportunity to develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in both languages.
Spanish and English instruction are always kept separate, allowing for maximized concentration of both languages. Heterogeneous groupings during the Spanish and English portions of the day provide students with opportunities to assist and learn from one another, allowing second language acquisition to occur naturally.
The Two-way Language Enrichment Program is an "additive bilingual" program meaning that all students learn a second language without compromising their first language.
Mixed language classroom groupings - Children are only grouped by primary language for the reading/language arts block.
Two teachers team (one bilingual / one English) at each grade level.
Literacy skills are taught in the child's home language. (Spanish or English)
All instruction is 50% Spanish and 50% English with the exception of Language Arts which will be taught in primary language until second grade.
Program Enrollment Guidelines
Priority One: Families living in the attendance area of an elementary school offering a Dual Lanuage program enroll at the office of their designated school. As part of the Dual Language Program guidelines, attendance area families enrolling a kindergartner, with a sibling currently enrolled in the Dual Program, will have priority over attendance area enrollees without sibling in the English or Spanish side of the Dual Language Program.
Special Note: Students/families designated as Homeless qualify for enrollment/placment based on their current school of origin. Principals and the school's Intervention Specialist will work with the district Homeless Liaison, assuring appropriate attendance area priority enrollment and placement. (McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 2001-Title X, Part C of No Child Left Behind Act - 725)
Priority Two: Families enrolling a student in a Dual Language attendance area school without a sibling currently enrolled in that school will have second priority.
Priority Three: A full-time employee whose children reside within the state shall be permitted to enroll his/her children at the school to which the employee is assigned or another K-12 district school of his/her choice, according to available seats. Once the child of an employee is granted Open Enrollment status, the child shall be considered an attendance area student for the duration of their elementary program, as long as the parent maintains employment with the district.
Priority Four: Families seeking Open Enrollment in a Dual Lanuage elementary school, with sibling currently Open Enrolled in that school, will have priority over other Open Enrolled families, except district employees.
Priority Five: Families seeking Open Enrollment for their student(s) in a Dual Language elementary school, without a sibling currently OPen Enrolled in that school, will have fifth priority.
Priority Six: Families of students residing outside the Walla Walla School District attendance area are welcome to Open Enroll. Families will be accepted, on an annual basis, according to seats available at the grade level.
Grade Level Program Delivery
The kindergarten program begins with literacy activities provided in the students' home language. Throughout the rest of the school day, instruction will be provided 50% Spanish and 50% English. Spanish and English language instruction is also infused into the curriculum with songs, stories and activities for all children.
Basic literacy skills continue to be taught in the student's primary language, with literacy instruction in the second language added. The goal of the program is for students to develop a strong skill base in their own language, and only then start adding the second language for reading. This optimally occurs by the end of second grade or as the child is ready.
Third • Fourth • Fifth Grades
All students receive literacy instruction in both languages with mixed language grouping. The rest of the day is 50/50 in all content areas.
The Two-Way Language Enrichment program welcomes parental involvement at all levels. Home/school communication and collaboration are vital to student and program success. Parents are invited to assist teachers in and out of the classroom and attend parent workshops.
Bilingual Director Victor Vergara
Edison Elementary Principal Julie Perron
Blue Ridge Elementary Principal Kim Doepker