Kids saying hello in different languages

About Our Dual Language Program

  • Shoreline’s Dual Language Program serves native speakers of Spanish and English at Briarcrest Elementary School. The three goals for all participating students are:

    • Bilingualism and biliteracy
    • High academic achievement
    • Cross-cultural understanding

    In order to achieve these goals, our program includes the following features:

    • Each classroom will have an equal number of students whose primary languages are English or Spanish
    • Students will work together in cooperative groups and with their “bilingual buddy”
    • Teachers will teach solely in the designated language of that class with no translation
    • Half of each day will be taught in Spanish and the other half in English
    • Students will be taught to develop bridges between what they have learned in one language for use in their second language
    • Ongoing language acquisition and academic assessment to determine student needs will be performed in both languages
    • Content will be taught through enriched education

Program Goals

  • High Academic Achievement

    • Students will develop skills at or above grade level in all academic areas

    Bilingualism and biliteracy

    • Students will emerge from the proposed program comfortable and fluent in both Spanish and English communication. They will write and read both languages at equal skill levels

    High self esteem and sense of identity

    • Through development of their primary language/heritage language, learners will learn to value their cultural background. By becoming bilingual and biliterate, they will learn to recognize their own potential

    Cross-cultural awareness

    • As they communicate across language barriers, students will learn to respect and appreciate the diversity of people and cultures

    Cooperative problem-solving

    • To help children work together and to value each other, the proposed program emphasizes cooperative learning and problem solving

Program Benefits

  • Cognitive

    • Supports intellectual growth and enhances mental development
    • Creates more flexibility and creativity in thinking, greater sensitivity to language and a better ability to listen


    • Ability to communicate with those who speak another language
    • Respect the role language has in cultural identity
    • Experience different cultures and people
    • Bolsters pride in a students own family culture

Language Allocation

  • Shoreline’s Dual Langauge Program uses an 80/20 language allocation model. In Kindergarten, 80% of the instruction is in Spanish, and 20% is in English. By 5th grade, 50% of instruction takes place in Spanish and 50% takes place in English.

Dual Language Enrollment

  • First preference of Kindergarten enrollment in the Dual Language Program is given to students in the Briarcrest service area.

    Students who have siblings currently enrolled in the Dual Language Program also have priority and may comprise up to 50% of the total enrollment per language group.

    • If the number of applicants with siblings at the time of the lottery exceeds fifty percent of the available Kindergarten spaces, a sibling lottery will be conducted.
    • Those children with siblings in the program who are not selected for admission via a sibling lottery will then be included in the non-sibling Briarcrest dual language lottery.
    • If they are not chosen for a spot in the dual language program through that process, they will then become a part of the general kindergarten registration process. 

    Enrollment Information: Espanol, English

Curriculum and Instruction

  • The curriculum and instruction within our Dual Language model is anchored in the concept of the development of biliteracy, which recognizes and builds on the cultural, linguistic, and academic repertoires of students and teachers, as articulated by the Center for Teaching for Biliteracy. Teachers in Shoreline’s Dual Language program utilize the Bilingual Unit Framework (BUF) model to design instruction in both Spanish and English.


  • We monitor students’ academic progress using a variety of district and state assessments. In order to monitor how students are developing biliteracy, beginning in first grade we use the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA) its partner assessment in Spanish, Evaluación del Desarrollo de la Lectura (EDL), together to see a full picture of each student as a reader in both English and Spanish. 

Family Involvement

  • Parent/guardian involvement and commitment are essential to the success of students in the proposed program. Before enrolling in the program, parents/guardians must make a commitment to:

    • Maintain the student’s continuous enrollment in the program through sixth grade
    • With supporting materials from school, work with the child at home in their native language to continue to develop her/his language and academic skills
    • Aspire to learn in their child’s second language
    • Participate in parent meetings and school functions
    • Serve as advocates for the program

    Link to Briarcrest Dual Langauge webpage

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