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Dual Language+ Program

Dual Language+ Program
 
Grade 3 Dual Language+ Program students singing a Mandarin song

 

 

What is Dual Language+ Program?

  • Students develop simultaneous proficiency in English AND a target language. For 2022-2023, the target languages offered are Spanish and Chinese Mandarin.
  • Additionally, students experience a third language as an after-school enrichment to promote cultural exposure and appreciation.
 
Why Dual Language+ Program?
  • 21st Century Competencies
Research indicates that students in dual language programs experience lasting cognitive, academic, linguistic, socio-cultural and economic benefits. They develop a high level of proficiency in the target language and English beginning in Kindergarten through high school, develop a high level of cognitive proficiency, attain advanced academic standards, and develop positive attitudes and appreciation toward their own ethnic identity and world cultures.
  • District & State Vision
To lead effectively in a global society, students need to be equipped with cognitive, social-emotional, cultural and linguistic competencies – a vision of both the Garvey School District and the state of California (“Global California 2030”).  
  • Community Support
Majority of students in the Garvey School District has a home language other than English. They bring to school rich language and cultural assets that can be further developed to attain bilingualism and bi-literacy through the Dual Language+ Program.
 
SPANISH & ENGLISH+ Program Design
 

Spanish-English Dual Language Plus

 

  • The Spanish & English+ Program follows a 90:10 model, enhanced with an additional 10% for a third language experience, Chinese, offered after school.
  • The 90:10 model is used because Spanish and English share a similar alphabetic system; therefore, there is a more immediate transfer of instruction between languages.
  • The percent (%) of time spent for instruction in Spanish and English varies across grade levels. In Kindergarten, 90% of time is spent for instruction in Spanish and 10% in English. The amount of time in Spanish decreases annually by 10 percent until a 50:50 balance is achieved in 4th grade.

 

 


 
 
CHINESE & ENGLISH+ Program Design

 

Chinese-English Dual Language Plus

 

  • The Chinese & English+ Program follows a 50:50 model, enhanced with an additional 10% for a third language experience, Spanish, offered after school.
  • The 50:50 model is selected because Chinese uses a non-alphabetic system so the language transfer takes longer. 
  • Therefore, there is an equal emphasis on both languages and the amount of time spent for each language is 50 percent in all grade levels.

 

 

 

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Dual Language+ Schools

 

Dewey Avenue Elementary School

Program: Spanish/English Dual Language+ Program
Schedule:
8:20 am - 2:35 pm (during school day): Spanish/English Dual Language Program
2:35 pm - 3:30 pm (required): After-School Enrichment Program to develop appreciation for Chinese language and culture through visual and performing arts
Phone #: (626) 307-3341

 

 

Dewey Elementary School     Dewey Avenue Elementary School

 

Duff Language Magnet Academy

Program: Chinese (Mandarin)/English Dual Language+ Program
Schedule: 8:20 am - 2:35 pm (during school day): Chinese/English Dual Language Program
2:35 pm - 3:30 pm (required): After-School Enrichment Program to develop appreciation for Spanish language and culture through visual and performing arts 
Phone #: (626) 927-5757 

  

Duff Elementary School    

 
 

Hillcrest Elementary School

Program: Chinese (Mandarin)/English Dual Language+ Program
Schedule: 8:20 am - 2:35 pm (during school day): Chinese/English Dual Language Program
2:35 pm - 3:30 pm (required): After-School Enrichment Program to develop appreciation for Spanish language and culture through visual and performing arts
Phone #: (626) 307-3371

 

Hillcrest Elementary School     Hillcrest School

 

 

 

Program Acceptance Criteria - Kinder

 

The Dual Language Plus Program is a specially-designed program and its success is built upon the alignment among program design, student characteristics, and parent commitment. To ensure proper program placement and most importantly, student success, the following criteria will be used to determine the applicant’s program acceptance.   

o Parent Commitment & Support
    • Participation in Dual Language Plus parent orientation and parent workshop events
    • Support the child in the acquisition of the target language and English
    • Support the Afterschool “Plus” Enrichment Program
    • Volunteer for the program as the parent schedule permits
    • Commitment to the entire duration of the program. It takes at least 5 to 7 years to develop intermediate fluency in academics in a target language.
o Student’s Commitment: Students make persistent efforts to meet program requirements.
o Student’s Age: Priorities will be given to applicants eligible for K at the start of the school year. (TK aged applicants will be examined on an individual basis only if there is available space and the applicant passes a socio-emotional/language assessment.)
o Timely Submission of Program Participation Application: If there are more applications than available spaces, priority will be given to applicants on a first come, first served basis.
 
*Program Reassignment: The District will monitor the progress of the students accepted to the Dual Language Plus program and a reassignment to the “English Only” program may become necessary for students who demonstrate extensive challenges in the Dual Language program, particularly in the first few years of program placement. 
 
 
Program Acceptance Criteria - Gr 1-4
All criteria above, plus:
o Student’s Language Proficiency: Applicants for the Grades 1-4 Dual Language Plus program are required to take language proficiency tests in English and in the target language (Spanish or Chinese) and demonstrate grade-appropriate language readiness for the Dual Language Plus program to be accepted into the program.
o Space Availability: There are very limited spaces available for the Dual Language Plus program in Grades 1-4. Acceptance of qualified applicants to the Grades 1-4 Dual Language Plus program will be determined by the availability of space for the requested grade level and/or school.

 

 
 
Enrollment
2022-23 Special Enrollment Instructions for Dual Language+ Program Applicants (Dewey, Duff or Hillcrest)

For 2022-23 enrollment, please DO NOT complete online enrollment until you receive notification on the status of your Dual Language+ Program application (usually by April each year). When you receive the program acceptance notification, you will also receive special instructions on how to complete online enrollment for the Dual Language+ Program. (Note: Improper online enrollment may delay the acceptance of your child to the program.)

Regardless of the outcome of your Dual Language+ Program application, please be assured that there will always be space availability for your child in the regular program at Garvey School District. 
 
 
Program Interest Form
 
If you would like to receive notification about the Garvey School District's 2022-23 Dual Language+ Program (application and parent information meeting), please complete the interest form below. Our staff will contact you by email/mail/phone before the end of January 2022. 
 
Application Window
(for 2022-2023 school year):
January 2022 - February 2022
 
To receive updates regarding the application and parent information meeting, please complete the 'Program Interest' Form at the bottom of this page.