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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.

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

Karen Brumley
Director of Elementary Education
(360) 396-3042

Travis Smith
Vinland Elementary Principal
(360) 396-3602

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

Signature Programs Application

The application process has now been concluded. Please note the following important dates in the review and placement timeline:

  • Application Review: Scheduled for March 8, 2024. Should there be any required corrections, they must be submitted by March 11, 2024.
  • Program Placement Lottery: Will take place on March 13, 2024 at 4:00pm.  
  • Notification to Families: All families will be informed of the outcomes by March 18, 2024.

Signature Programs – Application Process