Burrus Elementary is a dual language school using the 50-50 two-way model for English and Spanish. The most common questions are addressed below.
What are the goals of the program?
- Development of fluency and literacy in English and Spanish for all students
- The integration of native English speakers and English Language Learners for academic instruction. Whenever possible, each campus program should have 50 percent of each.
- The promotion of bilingualism, biliteracy, cross-cultural awareness, and high academic achievement.
What are the characteristics of the program?
- An enriching bilingual environment that has full support of the school's administrators, teachers, and parents.
- A minimum five'year commitment, but ideally from kindergarten through 12th grade.
- Both English and Spanish speakers are instructed together
- Separation of the two languages, with teachers using the language of instruction.
- A rigorous core academic curriculum that is aligned to state standards.
- An active parent-school partnership.
What are the program standards?
- A minimum of 50 percent to a maximum of 80 percent of daily instruction in the non-English language.
- Equitable access to students, screening only language dominance.
- Strategic separation of languages by the teacher - no translation.
- An enrollment commitment from kindergarten through fifth grade (through 12th grade is encouraged).
- Decisions on program, curriculum, and instruction based on research and best practices for English Language Learners.
Why should my child be in a dual language program?
- Being bilingual expands opportunities by enabling students to communicate and interact with more people from around the world, giving them the skills and knowledge to function competently and confidently in a global society.
- Dual Language students display greater academic, cognitive, and social skills than those in all-English classes.