The Dual Language program in Winchester Public Schools is designed for families who would like their children to learn another language while receiving the same high quality academic curriculum as students throughout the division. WPS offers K-3 Spanish-English two-way dual language programs at Frederick Douglass Elementary School and will be adding Virginia Avenue Charlotte DeHart Elementary School beginning Fall 2019.
Dual Language programs are a form of enrichment education based on over forty years of research showing the advantages of learning a second language through academic content instruction. The Spanish-English two-way immersion form of dual language is characterized as follows:
- Approximately half of students are from Spanish-speaking homes and half from homes in which English (or another language) is spoken
- Instruction integrates literacy and academic content knowledge in both languages
- Curriculum focuses on challenging, age-appropriate academic skills and knowledge aligned to high standards for all students
In keeping with the vision of WPS, the mission of the Dual Language Program is to provide an enriched bilingual, biliterate, and culturally competent educational experience for all students.