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Dual Language

Information Sessions

If you are interested in enrolling your child in the Dual Language Program or have more questions about the program, please join us for one of the following information sessions:

  • Dual Language Program Information Session (Presentation in English): Tuesday, March 23, 2021, 6-7 PM, Zoom
  • Dual Language Program Information Session (Presentation in Spanish): Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 6-7 PM, Zoom

All students will excel academically, become bilingual and biliterate, and develop sociocultural competence in a community of diversity, inclusion, and equity.

Dual Language Programs (Spanish-English)

The Worcester Public Schools is pleased to currently offer Spanish-English dual language programs from preschool through high school.  Dual language students learn in both English and Spanish over the course of the program.   The long-term goals of the program are academic achievement, bilingualism and biliteracy, and sociocultural competence.  

Program Description

WPS currently has two types of dual language programs – one-way and two-way –  based on student population.  Our current programs are as follows:

One-Way Dual Language

  • Woodland Academy has a one-way dual language program (currently in K-2) in which all students speak Spanish as a home language.  The Woodland program is only for students in the Woodland Academy neighborhood. 

Two-Way Dual Language

  • Chandler Magnet, Roosevelt, Burncoat Middle School, and Burncoat High School have two-way dual language programs which include students who speak only Spanish at home, only English at home, or both Spanish and English at home.  Students who speak additional languages are also welcome to apply.
  • The Chandler Magnet program (PreK-6) is open to students in the South and Doherty quadrants while the Roosevelt program (K-6)  is open to students in the North and Burncoat quadrants.  Requests for placement outside of a student’s designated program will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • The Burncoat Middle (Gr. 7-8) and Burncoat High School (currently Gr. 9-10) programs are open to students from all quadrants.  The Burncoat High School program will continue expanding one grade per year until extending through grade 12.

80/20 Language Allocation

In the 2020-2021 school year, Chandler Magnet, Roosevelt, and Woodland Academy began transitioning all dual language programs into an 80/20 model in order to provide students with the strong foundation needed for long-term success in the dual language program.

  • Students begin by learning 80% of content in Spanish and 20% of content in English in preschool and kindergarten.
  • Instruction transitions to 50% in Spanish and 50% in English by 3rd grade.

Here is a chart of 80/20 language allocation that all new preK and K students will experience:

 

PreK & K

Grade 1

Grade 2

Grades 3-6

Grades 7-8

Grades 9-12

Spanish

80%

70%

60%

50%

3 classes

2 classes

English

20%

30%

40%

50%

4 classes

5 classes

If you have questions about the district’s dual language programs, please contact the Office of English Learner Programs at 508-799-3623.

Program Registration

Dual language program registration is open to all preschool and kindergarten students in Worcester Public Schools.  If your child is entering preschool or kindergarten in the next school year and you are interested in enrolling your child in dual language, here are the steps to take:

  1. Parent/guardian completes the WPS Enrollment Form that can be accessed here.
  2. Parent/guardian completes the Dual Language Program Registration Form (available in English and Spanish) by April 16, 2021.
    1. After completing both the WPS Enrollment Form and the Dual Language Program Registration Form, the parent/guardian may be contacted to set up a language assessment appointment (remote or in-person) if needed. This assessment is used to inform grouping in the lottery.
  3. In early June, the district conducts the lottery to determine program placement and starts the waiting list.
  4. After the lottery, the district notifies families of the lottery results and school placements. Families accept placement by returning a Dual Language Program Commitment Form.  The form acknowledges long-term commitment to the program.

Students with Spanish language proficiency in grades 1-10 may be considered for placement into the Dual Language Program on a case-by-case basis if space is available and if the student has prior Spanish proficiency.  If you are interested in registering your child for dual language in grades 1-10, please complete the registration form for grades 1-10 in English or Spanish.

If you have any questions about the dual language registration process, please contact Nelsy Peppler, Districtwide EL Department Head, at [email protected] or 508-799-3198.

Information Sessions

If you are interested in enrolling your child in the Dual Language Program or have more questions about the program, please join us for one of the following information sessions:

  • Dual Language Program Information Session (Presentation in English): Tuesday, March 23, 2021, 6-7 PM, Zoom
  • Dual Language Program Information Session (Presentation in Spanish): Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 6-7 PM, Zoom

Resources

For more information on dual language programs, please find here some additional resources.

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