The Dual Language Immersion program at Congress Park School is an educational approach that promotes biliteracy for both native English-speaking students and native Spanish-speaking students. The aim of the program is for students to become bilingual, bi-literate, and immersed in a multiculturally rich environment. That is, they will be able to read, write, and speak in both languages and knowledgable and comfortable in a multicultural setting.
While Dual Language programs are offered in a variety of different structures, a primary feature is that instruction is offered to all students in both English and Spanish. In District 102, we want our bilingual and biliterate students to achieve high levels of success academically, linguistically and socially. Our Dual Language program generally follows a 50/50 two-teacher model in which students receive 50 percent of their daily instruction in Spanish and 50 percent in English.
The Dual Language program began in 2017-2018 with Kindergarten. For 2018-2019, the program will expand to both Kindergarten and First grade. Each year, we will add a new grade level to the program through 6th grade. As this program takes shape, we will be considering options to support our Dual Language students in grades 7/8 and into the high school years as they move on to Lyons Township High School.
This page will provide you with additional information about the program. If you have any specific question about the Dual Language Immersion program, please contact Rachel Owens at firstname.lastname@example.org