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North Kitsap School District

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Multilingual Learning and Language Access

In the North Kitsap School District, we are committed to fostering a rich linguistic environment through various Multilingual Learning and Language Access Programs. Our primary goal is to support the development of language skills in all students, whether they are native English speakers or speak one of the many other languages represented in our community. We strive to assist every student in achieving English proficiency and developing comprehensive literacy skills. To accomplish this, we support a range of programs within the district. Our approach ensures that every student, irrespective of their linguistic background, has the opportunity to thrive in our diverse and inclusive learning environment.

English Learner Program

Multilingual Learner Program

Students enrolled in our Multilingual Learner  program receive targeted support to bolster their English language skills. This program also guarantees that they have access to grade-appropriate academic content, facilitating their overall educational progress. Students remain eligible for these specialized Multilingual services until they have attained a substantial proficiency in English.                          

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Spanish Dual Language Program

Dual Language Program

The Dual Language Signature Program is an innovative program dedicated to nurturing academic excellence, bilingual proficiency, biliteracy, and fostering global awareness among students. Through a seamless integration of rigorous instruction in both English and Spanish, students acquire the essential skills needed for success in an increasingly diverse and interconnected world.

Dual Language Program

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Seal of Biliteracy

The Seal of Biliteracy Program is an initiative that recognizes high school students who have attained proficiency in two or more languages by the time they graduate. The seal serves as a notable accolade, demonstrating the student's linguistic capabilities to colleges and potential employers. It promotes and rewards multilingualism, a valuable asset in today's globally connected world.

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Translation and Interpreter Services

At North Kitsap School District, we prioritize effective communication for families with diverse language backgrounds. That's why we provide translation and interpreter services to ensure that all families have access to clear and understandable information. Our goal is to foster strong partnerships between parents, guardians, and the school community. 

Translation and Interpreter Services

Contact Us

Teaching & Learning Department
18360 Caldart Ave NE
Poulsbo, WA 98370
Fax (360) 396-3934

Gwen Lyon
Executive Director of Teaching & Learning
(360) 396-3021

Valerie Anderson
Assistant Director of State & Federal Funding
(360) 396-3017

Joaly Ray
Program Coordinator
(360) 396-3095
Locations: NKSD South - Poulsbo Elementary, Hilder Pearson Elementary, Vinland Elementary, Poulsbo Middle School, and North Kitsap High School 

Hortensia West
Program Coordinator
(360) 396-3096
Locations: NKSD North - Suquamish Elementary, David Wolfle Elementary, Richard Gordon Elementary, Kingston Middle School, Choice Academy/NKOA, Kingston High School

Alexis Wendt
Teaching & Learning Secretary
(360) 396-3561