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Dual Language Program

Speaking multiple languages has been proven to enhance memory, concentration, problem-solving, critical-thinking, and multitasking skills. It helps build cross-cultural understanding, self-esteem, and positive attitudes toward global languages and cultures – and it broadens our students’ understanding of the global society we live in today. 
Those are just a few of many great reasons why King-Chavez Neighborhood of Schools launched our Dual Language Program in 2019. The program consists of 50 percent of the day taught completely in Spanish and the other half taught in English to promote proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in both languages. 
As of the 2023-2024 school year, all TK-3rd grade students at Primary Academy, TK-2nd grade students at Academy of Excellence, and 4th grade students at Arts & Athletics Academy participate in the Dual Language Program. The program will expand by one grade level each subsequent year with the goal that all King-Chavez TK-5th grade students fully participate in dual language immersion by the 2026-2027 school year. While the program continues to roll out, grades that do not currently participate in the Dual Language Program engage in Spanish classes twice each week.
Teachers work at each student’s individual pace to ensure they are grasping the concepts being taught as they progress throughout the year. Additionally, teachers work closely with students whose primary language at home is something other than English to become proficient in the English language – and, in doing so, achieve ELPAC Reclassification status. The program’s goal is to have all students earn a CA State Seal of Biliteracy by the end of high school, which is recognized as a statement of accomplishment by college admissions and employers. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Will two languages confuse my child or "slow down" his/her academic progress?
No, there is no research to indicate that learning in two languages will confuse students or slow down academic progress.

Does it matter if no one at home speaks Spanish?
No. It is important to encourage high levels of language development in the dominant language of the home. Research indicates that strong language skills in the native language transfer to new languages that are introduced.

How long until my child is fluent in a second language?
Research states that it takes between 5 and 10 years to become fluent.