Dual Language Program Philosphy
The philosophy of the West Chicago Elementary District 33's Dual Language Program is to educate our students to become bilingual, biliterate, and bicultural in this ever increasing 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 our 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 Parents Commit to the Following
- Parents will commit to supporting their child in completing the program (K-6th grade)
- Parents will commit to donating 10 hours of their time volunteering at school each 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
How do I enroll my child?
- Register early, kindergarten registration will begin May 1, 2013.
- Obtain a registration packet from your home school.
- Fill out the application to enroll in the Dual Language Program.
- Turn in your completed registration packets as promptly as possible.
- Students are chosen by lottery.
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.