What is a Dual Language Program?
A Dual Language program is a form of bilingual education where students receive instruction in two languages.
Tukwila School District's Spanish/English Dual Language program began in the fall of 2023 at Cascade View Elementary. Students from across the school district are welcome to apply for this program. Students will learn the standard TSD curriculum, but receive instruction in both English and Spanish.
They will learn to understand, speak, read, and write in both Spanish and English. The program will serve both Spanish-speaking and non-Spanish-speaking students.
The goals of a Dual Language Program are:
Bilingualism and biliteracy;
High academic achievement in both program languages.
Dual Language Program Model
Each class will consist of 50% Spanish-speaking students and 50% non-Spanish-speaking students.
Beginning in Kindergarten, students will spend 90% of their day learning in Spanish. This will gradually decrease to 50% of their day by the end of elementary school. Teachers will be native Spanish speakers.
Why should I enroll my student in a Dual Language Program?
The ability to develop the highest level of proficiency in a second language is greater if you start at an earlier age. Research shows that dual language students typically outperform English dominant students in the classroom by the end of their elementary years. Students develop proficiency in both languages and have increased cultural awareness. Students benefit from the ability to communicate with people from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds.
How to enroll
If interested in enrolling your student in our Dual Language program, please fill out the Dual Language Application Form. Applications should be submitted to the Tukwila School District Administration Office (4640 S. 144th Street). All students must also register for Kindergarten.
Tukwila School District's Spanish/English Dual Language program will begin in the fall of 2023 at Cascade View Elementary and we're accepting applications now!
Please pick up an application with your Kindergarten enrollment packet at any of our elementary schools or at TSD District Office (4640 S. 144th St).