Students in the program are
taught the standard North Kitsap District curriculum, but receive instruction
part of the day in Spanish. They learn to understand, speak, read and write
Spanish in addition to English. Classroom teachers have near-native ability in
the Spanish language and are chosen for their skills and their commitment to
the goals of the program. By the fifth grade, our goal is for our Dual Language
students to have met or exceeded state standards in English and be literate in Spanish
as measured by our district language scales.
Our program is an “Additive
Model.” We begin by building academic skills in the student’s first language.
When our native English-speakers demonstrate competence in English, we add
Spanish oral language development. Then we build academic skills in the second
language of Spanish. In this program, math is always taught in English. Science
and Social Studies are taught in Spanish, in increasing amounts as they move up
toward 5th grade.