How our Program Works

Features of this program include our qualified bilingual and bicultural teachers, cross-cultural student interaction, and an optional pathway to earning the Oregon Seal of Biliteracy. Family engagement is also an important part of this program.

Elementary School

During a typical school day in kindergarten through fifth grade, one half of the instruction is delivered in Spanish and one half is delivered in English. Students simultaneously learn to read in English and Spanish beginning in kindergarten.

At the elementary level, native Spanish and native English speakers receive English Language Development (ELD) or Spanish Language Development (SLD) for a minimum of 30 minutes per day in order to develop oral language, key vocabulary for thematic units and basic concept knowledge to better understand concepts being taught in the student’s second language. There is a strict separation of languages for instruction (no translation.)

Middle and High School

At the secondary level, students have the option to continue on the DLI pathway through language arts curriculum that is aligned with our district’s DLI philosophy.