Dual Language / Two Way Bilingual Programs

  • What We Do

    In this program model, half of students in the classroom are speakers of the program’s partner language and the other half are English speakers, taught by team of highly qualified teachers. Instruction is provided in both languages with the goal that students will become bilingual or biliterate. The program entry grade levels are K1 to 2 and 9 to 11. Students between grade levels 3 and 8 must be assessed by the school in the partner language to enter the program. English learner (EL) students also receive English Language Development (ELD) instruction, which is designed to teach English to EL students.

Haitian Creole Program

  • The Mattapan Early Elementary School (MEES) will be offering what is likely the first Two Way Immersion Haitian Creole Dual Language Preschool Program in the country beginning in SY17-18. Instruction is provided in two languages (Haitian Creole and English) across subjects. The goals of a dual language program are biliteracy and biculturalism. At the Mattapan Early Elementary School, the Haitian Creole Language Arts curriculum is aligned with the ‘Focus on K1’ Language Arts curriculum which is currently utilized in most preschool classrooms across the district. This centers-based curriculum promotes inquiry in the classroom supported by rich text.

    The K1 Haitian Creole Dual Language Program will be a 70/30 model. This means that 70% of instruction is taught in Haitian Creole and 30% of instruction is taught in English. This class will be comprised of 15 students whose first language is Haitian Creole and 10 students whose first language is English.

    Learn more about the Haitian Creole program at MEES.
    Learn more about the Haitian Creole program at MEES (in HC).

Spanish Program

  • Hurley K-8

    The Hurley K–8 public school is a Spanish-English immersion school located in Boston’s South End. At the Hurley, we challenge students to learn in two languages and achieve academic excellence in both. Hurley’s hallmarks are a committed, talented teaching staff, an intensive language arts curriculum, a dedication to math and science fluency, a strong commitment to the arts and an innovative after school program that engages our children in a wide variety of extra-curricular activities.
    Learn more about the bilingual advantage at the Hurley School 

    Margarita Muñiz Academy

    The Margarita Muñiz Academy is the first dual language high school and an Innovation School of theBoston Public Schools. Muñiz Academy is dedicated to preparing citizens and leaders who are fluent in English and Spanish. Every student will be ready for college and will contribute to the community and beyond. Muñiz Academy partners with families and community to realize our mission together.
    Learn more about the Muñiz Academy Dual Language high school program  

    Mario Umana Academy

    The Mario Umana Academy is in their third year as a Dual Language school, with our current students in grades K1, K2, 1, 2 receiving instruction in both English and Spanish.
    Learn more about the Mario Umana Academy

    Sarah Greenwood

    The Dual Language program at the Sarah Greenwood runs in grades K1-4 (growing one grade per year), and has specialized student support services in Therapeutic Learning Center. The school uses Restorative Justice as their guiding philosophy for student and community support.
    Learn more about Dual Language at Sarah Greenwood

    Rafael Hernández

    The Rafael Hernández Two-Way Bilingual School is committed to working with parents and the community within a diverse, nurturing environment in which students use Spanish and English as constructive tools for learning. We believe students, teachers and parents should work cooperatively to set and achieve goals that maximize each student’s potential, and that develop courageous learners, effective communicators, and responsible citizens.
    Learn more about the Rafael Hernandez School

Dual Language Programs FAQ

  • What languages are available in BPS dual language programs?

    Currently, BPS offers dual language programs in Spanish/English, in selected elementary schools and in one high schools.
     

    Are dual language programs the same as two-way immersion programs?

    Yes, dual language programs as defined in BPS are also known as two-way immersion programs.
     

    Are there any recommendations to enroll my child in a dual language program?

    It is recommended that students enter the DLP at kindergarten. The child must be proficient in either English or Spanish (for the Spanish DLP). In some cases, a new student who has proficiency in the target language (Spanish) may be enrolled into a DLP beyond grade 1. Consult your local dual language program school for details and enrollment procedures.
     

For more information

  • For more information, please contact Vivian Tam at vtam@bostonpublicschools.org or 617-635-9435.