In Dual Language programs, students are taught in two languages: English and their home language (in BCCS' case Spanish). The goal of this program is for students to be able to read, write, and speak in both English and Spanish. In Dual Language classes, Spanish and English are used equally. DL programs aim for a balanced number of ELLs and English-speaking students. Therefore, some seats may be reserved for ELLs. Additionally, schools may conduct an assessment and an interview with the child, to determine a child’s home language and English proficiency.
BCCS has one DLP class per grade in Pre-K through 3rd grade.
If you are interested in a DL program, be sure to apply to that program (not the school’s general education program) and to provide the DL program code (not the general education program code) on your application. For more information, visit schools.nyc.gov/ELL.
Objectives of Our Dual-Language Program (DLP)
- Advance oral proficiency and/or mastery of two languages.
- Develop biliteracy - ability to read and write in two languages.
- Foster cross-cultural communications.
Ingredients for Success
- Children learn from a teacher that is a bi-lingual educator
- Children learn from each other - 50% native speakers, 50% non-native speakers
- Children learn from parents - parents who speak the language will learn the language to support their children at home.