Spanish Dual Language Program

What is Dual Language?

Kindergarten Dual Language

The Dual Language program gives elementary students an opportunity to complete North Kitsap School District curriculum in a nontraditional way by adding Spanish/English language and culture from kindergarten through fifth grade. Students in the program become proficient in both Spanish and English, while learning the same curriculum content as their peers outside the program. How is this accomplished?
    • With lots of hard work, parental involvement, and a dedicated staff
    • Commitment to the six-year process (K-5th Grade) is very important

About The Program:    

  • Students learn literacy skills in their first language while also acquiring skills in the second language.
  • Certain content (subjects) will be taught in English (i.e. Math) and other subjects will be taught in Spanish (i.e. Science/social studies).
  • This is not an immersion program. We use the Gomez and Gomez model of language acquisition.
  • Priority for this program is given to students within the North Kitsap School District boundaries.
  • Parents are responsible for providing their own transportation if you live outside the Vinland Elementary attendance area.

Where is the Dual Language Program Located:

Vinland Elementary School, 22104 Rhododendron Lane, Poulsbo WA 98370

Who do I contact if I have questions?

For more information about registering for the Dual Language Program, contact Cynthia Drake at (360) 396-3605 or

Applications for kindergarten will be accepted during Kindergarten Registration Week. If you live in North Kitsap School District boundaries, you may apply for this program. If you live outside the Vinland Elementary attendance area, parents are responsible for providing their own transportation.

How are students selected for admission?

A limited number of spaces in kindergarten will be reserved for students from families where Spanish is the primary language. If the number of applicants exceeds the remaining number of spaces available, a lottery will be conducted based on the following priorities:

  • Parents reside within North Kitsap School District attendance area.
  • Parents reside outside North Kitsap School District.
  • Students who are not admitted for kindergarten will be placed on a waiting list for that year and contacted by the school if space becomes available.
  • Space will be reserved through September 1 each year for the addition of Spanish speakers to our dual language classrooms. This will ensure ample opportunities for our English speakers to work with Spanish-speaking students and for our Spanish speaking students to work with our English speaking students.  Allowing both to practice the second language with a language expert.  
  • Target class size for dual language classrooms will be at or above class size in non-dual language classrooms. This allows for any attrition that may occur during the year or through a 6-year cycle (K-5).


 Can I enroll my child after kindergarten?

Most students enter the program in kindergarten. If openings occur during grades one through five, students may be admitted on an individual basis.

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