Bilingual Education Program
The Bilingual Program is designed to meet the needs of students with limited language fluency in speaking and understanding English. Students have the opportunity to:
- learn English as a second language (ESL), with emphasis on reading, writing, listening, and speaking
- become familiar with American culture and institutions, as well as those of their native countries
- receive instruction, in some cases, by native teachers in their own language
- receive individual tutoring and counseling for all courses in the total school program
The program works to increase the student’s self-image, self-confidence and sense of cultural identity, while striving to improve relations among members of different cultural groups. Bilingual program courses enable students with limited English to keep up with their peers in all subjects through instruction using sheltered English or native language, which facilitates acquisition of language and content simultaneously. The instructional program is highly flexible and is interpreted and implemented according to each student’s intellectual ability and scholastic achievement.
Members of the Bilingual Program support English Language Learners (ELLs) in District 202.