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Dual Language

Program Philosophy

The philosophy of West Chicago Elementary District 33's Dual Language program is to educate our students to become bilingual, biliterate, and bicultural in a global society. Ultimately, we want our students to achieve academic excellence in two languages and attain a multicultural understanding and appreciation for the different cultures represented in the Dual Language program .

The Goals of the Dual Language Program:


  • To foster a multicultural experience that develops students’ cross-cultural communication and promotes cultural pride, assurance and confidence.
  • To enable all students to become proficient in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English and Spanish.
  • To provide instruction that is challenging, engaging, and based on state standards.
  • To encourage parents and community members to support and participate in the education of Second Language Learners.

Dual Language Parent Commitments


  • Parents will commit to supporting their child in completing the program (K-5th grade)
  • Parents will commit to donating 10 volunteer hours each school year
  • Parents will commit to attending dual parent advisory meetings and/or workshops

The Dual Language Program Promotes

Bilingual education as an enrichment program
Greater understanding between two cultures as students learn from one another
Equal education access for all students
High expectations for all students

Is transportation available?

Yes, transportation is provided to students who live more than 1.5 miles from Gary School. Students are bused from their home school to Gary School.

Will my child fall behind due to learning in two languages?

No, Dual Language is a form of enriched education. Learning two languages has many cognitive benefits. Research has shown that students who participate in Dual Language programs outperform their peers on standardized tests.
*Call Rocio Fisher, Director for Second Language Learners at the district office (630) 293-6000 x207

*Arrange for a visit to one of the DL classrooms. Call Mrs. Stephanie Drake, Gary School Principal, to make arrangements at (630) 293-6010

*Visit the Center for Applied Linguistics website at www.cal.org to learn more about this type of language program and research articles on the merits of Dual Language.
What is Dual Language?
Promotes bilingualism, biliteracy, and biculturalism for participating students. Students begin the program in kindergarten with the goal of being literate in reading, writing, and speaking in both English and Spanish. This program is currently housed at Gary School.
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