• What is 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

    The 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 through both English and Spanish instruction. Students are able to develop high levels of academic and language proficiency in their first and second languages.

    The curricula implemented in the dual language classrooms are School District U-46’s adopted curricula and are taught through scaffolding and interactive approaches, which ensure that children learn the academic content while developing their first and second languages. 



    Grade Level



    Subject Area Taught in Spanish



    Subject Areas Taught in English



    7th Grade



    Spanish Language Arts and Social Studies

    Elective - PLTW might be taught in Spanish



    Math, Science, and ELA/ESL

    Elective (1)




    8th Grade



    Spanish Language Arts and History

    Elective - PLTW might be taught in Spanish

    Health (Salud) for Full-time students



    Math, Science, and ELA/ESL

    Elective (1)