• English Language Learner (ELL) -- Dual Language Programs

    Century Oaks welcomes all families to our learning community.  We provide services to meet the linguistic and academic needs of children whose native language is not English.  


    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.


    For kindergarten through third grade, students, half of whom are native Spanish speakers and half of whom are native English speakers, participate in the two-way dual language program. In this program students work together to better learn their own languages and each others' as they strive to become bilingual, biliterate and bicultural.

    We also offer one-way dual language classes for native Spanish speakers in kindergarten through 6th grade. Both of these programs are expanding as the first class of dual language students progresses to higher grade levels. 


    Language allocation by grade level

    Elementary Schools

     Grade Level

    % in Spanish

    % in English

     Pre-K (One-Way only)






     1st Grade



    2nd Grade



    3rd-6th Grade





    For more information about the U-46 Dual Language Program, visit District ELL.