Office of English Language Learners

Dual Language / Two Way Bilingual Programs

  • 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.

Dual Language/Bilingual 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.