Spanish Dual Language
Research indicates that the optimal window for second language learning is from infancy through early childhood. This means that students who start learning a second language before the age of 12 are more likely to achieve a native-like fluency compared to those who begin later. Recognizing the benefits of early bilingual education, the North Kitsap School District (NKSD) has implemented the Dual Language Signature program to provide elementary-aged students the opportunity to learn a second language and instill a sense of global awareness and responsibility.
This innovative program is designed to successfully prepare K-12 native Spanish-speaking and native English-speaking students for college and careers in a multicultural society. By fostering proficient communication in both languages, the Dual Language program equips students with essential skills for thriving in an increasingly interconnected world.
A primary goal of the Dual Language program is to develop high levels of academic achievement, bilingualism, and biliteracy, as well as cultural sensitivity and literacy. To achieve these outcomes, the program incorporates rigorous academic and enrichment activities in both English and Spanish languages for all participating students. Students' native languages become valuable resources for their own learning and for the learning of their peers.
The instructional approach in the Dual Language program is strategic and deliberate. It ensures that students are not only building fluency in both languages but also gaining proficiency in essential content subject matter. By integrating language and content instruction, the program helps students develop strong bilingual and biliterate skills, empowering them to succeed academically and socially in diverse environments.
Additionally, the program emphasizes the importance of cultural sensitivity and literacy. Students in the Dual Language program are encouraged to embrace and appreciate the diverse cultural backgrounds of their peers. This focus on multicultural understanding helps students develop empathy, respect, and a global perspective that will serve them well throughout their lives.
The application period for the North Kitsap School District's Dual Language program for the 2023-2024 academic year has come to a close. Looking ahead to the 2024-2025 school year, the application window for students will open in winter 2024. Relevant information will be provided on the district's website when the time comes. If you have any inquiries, please don't hesitate to reach out to Alexis Wendt, Teaching & Learning Secretary (360) 396-3042