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Dual Language Program

Integrating English Learners and English dominant students with the goal of developing culturally-aware, multilingual students.

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Robin Farup-Romero
Multilingual Programs Administrator

K-12 Dual Language Program Associates

Oscar Rodriguez

Monique Aguilar     

About Dual Language Education

Dual language education is an effective approach to develop language proficiency and literacy in two languages. The program integrates English speakers and Spanish speakers for academic content instruction through both languages. Students in the Dual Language program learn together and learn from each other, as they share their language and cultural resources.

Our Dual Language Program

Salem-Keizer Public School's dual language program integrates English Learners and English-dominant students with the goal of improving the academic and linguistic performance of all participants. Its mission is to develop critically aware, multilingual students who are equipped to build bridges of intercultural understanding between diverse communities and successfully participate in the global community.

Dual Language Program Goals 

  • Academic achievement at or above grade level in all content areas 
  • High levels of academic bilingualism and biliteracy 
  • Higher levels of cultural pride, self-esteem and intercultural understanding

Dual Language Program Details

Elementary dual language programs follow a two-way immersion model; classrooms are comprised of balanced numbers of English Learners and native English speakers and include students who enter school with bilingual skills.

Elementary dual language programs adhere to an 80/20 language allocation model. Most instruction is in Spanish in the primary grades gradually increasing to 50% of instruction in English and 50% in Spanish by Grade 4. Students are expected to actively use the language of instruction and are grouped in ways that provide opportunities to practice language and benefit from peer models.

  • Kindergarten is 20% English and 80% Spanish
  • Grade 1 is 25% English and 75% Spanish
  • Grade 2 is 30% English and 70% Spanish
  • Grade 3 is 40% English and 60% Spanish
  • Grade 4 is 50% English and 50% Spanish
  • Grade 5 is 50% English and 50% Spanish

Apply for Our Dual Language Program

Enrollment Applications

The Magnet school Dual Language programs at Grant, Harritt, and Myers Elementary will accept applications beginning March 1 for students entering kindergarten and first grade in 2024-2025.

Dual language program applications submitted by the deadline are reviewed and organized by prioritized criteria. If there are more applicants than spaces available, a lottery is conducted for the remaining spots. Applying does not guarantee placement in the dual language program. Applications are not required for neighborhood school dual language programs.

Prioritized Criteria:

  1. Students who live in the school boundary for the Magnet school.
  2. Students who have siblings in the Magnet school program.
  3. Students who live in the Salem-Keizer School District boundary but live outside the Magnet school boundary.
  4. Students who live outside of the Salem-Keizer School District boundary.

Application Process & Deadline

  1. Enroll your student in your neighborhood school.
  2. Return a copy of your completed Dual Language application to the Magnet School or Elementary Education Office by April 1.
  3. Applications are also available at your neighborhood school.

Enrollment for Grades 1-5

English Learner – Spanish Primary Language

If your student is an English learner or Spanish is the primary language spoken at home, they may apply to enroll in a dual language program at any grade level if they live within the boundary of a dual language school. Your student’s Spanish proficiency may be assessed to help determine appropriate classroom placement.

English is Primary Language

If English is the primary language spoken at home, your student may only apply for the dual language program in kindergarten or first grade because of language demands in Spanish beyond first grade. If your student was previously enrolled in a dual language program in another district, they may enroll in the program after first grade if there is space available.

For additional information, contact the principal of your neighborhood dual language school.

Dual Language FAQs