Choice Program: Spanish Dual Language
North Grade K-8 has a Spanish Dual Language Program for grades K through 5. For grades 6 - 8, we have a Spanish Dual Language Choice Program. This choice program is for middle school students who have been in a Spanish dual language program the previous two school years.
Spanish Dual Language Programs, also known as "Two–Way Immersion" programs, allow students to develop proficiency in two languages by receiving content area instruction in both English and Spanish. Students, regardless of native language proficiency, are provided with ample exposure to both languages, allowing them to achieve academic excellence while becoming bilingual and biliterate. The program also emphasizes cultural awareness and sensitivity.
Due to the rigor of Dual Language Programs after grade 1, applicants must receive an eligible score on a fluency exam to determine eligibility. Students entering a Spanish Dual Language Program for the first time in grades 2–5 must pass a fluency exam to determine eligibility prior to being made eligible for the Choice lottery.