DUAL Language Program

  • The SMCISD Dual Language Two-Way Immersion Program was initiated in the 2017-2018 school year in order to better serve our students identified as English Learners, as well as provide an enrichment opportunity for students wanting to learn Spanish as a second language. Our program at SMCISD is a dual language two-way immersion with three key goals that align with our District's core commitments. The goals of the program include securing 1) bilingualism and biliteracy, 2) high academic achievement, and 3) sociocultural awareness for each of our students. At its foundation, the program highlights the critical importance of closing achievement gaps between student populations.

     
    Beginning at the PK level, students participating in the program are immersed in a 90/10 split between Spanish and English, where 90% of the instruction is facilitated in Spanish, with 10% facilitated in English. The immersion process is key to developing fluency in both languages. Over the course of the subsequent grades, Spanish is reduced and English is increased, with 4th and 5th grades evenly split at 50% Spanish and 50% English.
     
    Our first cohort is now in 4th grade and with over 500 million Spanish speakers worldwide and more than 20 Spanish-speaking countries, SMCISD understands the opportunities that bilingualism will afford our students and families. Subsequently, we are dedicated to continuing the development of academic Spanish development at our secondary campuses in future years.