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Dual Language

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 offers Spanish-English dual language programs from preschool through high school. Dual language students learn content in both English and Spanish in integrated groups of students with diverse language backgrounds. The long-term goals of the program are academic achievement, bilingualism and biliteracy, and sociocultural competence.

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What Are the WPS Dual Language Programs?

WPS currently has two types of dual language programs - one-way and two-way - based on student population. Instruction and materials in English and Spanish. Instruction is designed so students can access grade-level content and develop English and Spanish proficiency. Students make connections between languages and develop cross-cultural competency.

Our current programs are as follows:

Two-Way Dual Language

For PreK-10 students who speak English, Spanish, and/or different home languages. Integrates ELs, former ELs and non-ELs.

Locations: La Familia Dual Language School (PreK-6), Chandler Magnet (PreK-6) Elementary School, Burncoat Middle School (7-8), Burncoat High School (9-10)

One-Way Dual Language

For K-2 students who speak Spanish as a home language. Includes ELs, former ELs, and non-ELs. Only students in Woodland neighborhood.

Location: Woodland Academy

For more details, explore these resources: 

The 80/20 Model: Strengthening Spanish from the Start

In the 2020-2021 school year, the District transitioned all dual language programs into an 80/20 model to provide students with the strong foundation needed for long-term success in the dual language program. Students begin in PreK and Kindergarten by learning 80% of content in Spanish and 20% of content in English, and transition each year to an even balance between the languages. Students will focus intensively on developing reading and writing in Spanish in early grades, with strategic opportunities to transfer to English to develop biliteracy. Here is a chart detailing the 80/20 model:


PreK & K

Grade 1

Grade 2

Grades 3-6

Grades 7-8

Grades 9-12


80%70%60%50%3 classes2 classes


20%30%40%50%4 classes5 classes

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

Get Involved - CAFE-B: Bilingual Programs Family Advisory Council

All families of current TBE and dual language students are invited to join. The purpose of this council is to center the voices of families in bilingual programs, keep open communication on new developments, and to advise the district on how to best serve students in bilingual programs. CAFE-B will meet on Zoom (link) the fourth Monday of each month from 5:30-6:30 pm. More information.