El Monte City School District Announces Dual Language Program
Excitement is in the air as El Monte City School District proudly announces their Dual Language program. The program offers language proficiency and literacy in two languages, English and Spanish. Students master state standards in both languages and learn a second language without compromising the first. In addition, students gain multicultural competence with a greater understanding and appreciation of different cultures.
Virginia Castro, Director of Instruction, said, “Our vision for this program is to prepare global citizens in a multicultural and multilingual world by providing them the opportunity to be bilingual, bi-literate, and bicultural.”
Language will be taught through academic content by bilingual certificated teachers. Assessments will mirror the instructional model. Authentic Spanish literature will be used – not translated versions. Spanish dominant and English dominant students are grouped together with 50% of each group in each class. The inaugural program will start with two kindergarten classes at Durfee School. The students will advance through the grade levels staying together through eighth grade.
EMCSD Superintendent, Dr. Maribel Garcia said of the program, “Proficiency in more than one language is a valuable skill to be cultivated and nurtured in our schools and communities. She went on to say, “We hope to add additional language programs that reflect and celebrate the diversity of our district.”
If you are interested in enrolling your child in the Dual Language program, please contact Virginia Castro at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 626.453.3774.