What is Dual Language?

Dual Language

  • The Dual Language Program is a form of bilingual education in which students are taught literacy and academic content in two languages. It offers a unique opportunity for students to excel academically and learn a second language. Dual language programs foster: 

    • bilingualism 

    • bi-literacy 

    • enhanced awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity 

    • high levels of academic achievement through instruction in two languages 

    What are the benefits of the Dual Language program for students?

    • Students develop proficiency in two languages.

    • Students perform as well as or better than their peers in non-dual language classrooms.

    • All students develop a positive sense of self and multicultural competencies. 

    • Students also develop intercultural and global competence that prepares them to succeed in today’s increasingly competitive global society.  


    80:20 Spanish/English Dual Language in U-46

    Dual Language Program mirrors and honors the linguistic and cultural diversity of our learning community. In our 80:20 Dual Language Program Model design, students learn school subjects in both English and Spanish. Students are able to develop high levels of academic and language proficiency in their first and second languages.  

    For more information about the Dual Language program in U-46, click here to visit the English Language Learners Department website

2019-20 Introducing.....Friday Folders (blue)

  • For the 2019-20 school year, Ridge Circle has implemented blue"Friday Folders"! The purpose of these folders is to be a consistent communication tool between the school and parents. Parents can expect these folders to come home every Friday of  each month. Should school be dismissed on a Thursday of the week (for some reason), the Friday Folder will come home on Thursday. As a default, the blue Friday Folder will come home with your child on the last school day of the week on a weekly basis. There is a label on the left side which reads, "To be left home". The documents on this side should stay at home with you and your child. There is a label on the right side which reads, "Right back to school". The documents on this side normally needs to be signed and returned back to the school. Ridge Circle PTO information will also be sent in the Friday Folders on a regular basis.

     Friday Folder    Blue Friday Folder

  • Blue Paw