Dual Language Immersion Program

  • Dual Language Immersion ProgramMore than two hundred students are learning in both English and Spanish at Frederick Douglass Elementary School.  Students from PreK through 4th participate in our Dual Language Immersion Program. In this program children get the opportunity to learn another language early on by receiving 50% of instruction delivered in Spanish, and 50% delivered in English.  Students enrolled in the program are being taught Social Studies, Science, and Language Arts in English, and Math and Language Arts in Spanish. 

    This approach provides an enriching learning environment for all students and builds greater cultural awareness and respect.  During the last decade, multiple research studies have demonstrated the significant cognitive benefits derived from early language learning, as well as the potential long-term educational and career benefits that multilingual students accrue.

Meet our Dual Language

    • Yasiria Rodriguez is the Pre-K teacher for our Spanish Immersion Program and is originally from Puerto Rico.  During the 23-24 school year, Yasiria's classroom will be at JKES, due to the construction at FDES.
    • Maria Jose Ruiz from Santiago, Chile is the dual language teacher for Kindergarten.
    • Rocio Vera from Colombia is the dual language teacher for both Kindergarten and First Grade.
    • Jeimy Flores serves as a dual language First Grade teacher. 
    • Margarita del Rio from Chile, and Paola Almagro, from Madrid, Spain, are the Second Grade dual language teachers.
    • Julia Cabrerizo, from Spain, and Maria Sir from Santiago, Chile, will teach Third Grade dual language. 
    • Patricia Acuna is the Fourth Grade dual language teacher and are from Chile. 
    • Jennifer Urbina from Honduras, serves as the Dual Language Multi Classroom Leader (MCL).