Dual Language is a form of bilingual education in which students are taught literacy and content in English and Spanish languages.
BCS offers a Dual Language Spanish Immersion Program, grades K-5. A continuum of extended language acquisition opportunities are available, grades 6-12.
According to research findings, it takes 5 to 7 years to acquire academic language in a second language (Collier and Thomas, 2012). Time and consistency are key.
The One-Way/Full Immersion Model implemented at Candler, Glen Arden and
N. Buncombe primarily serves native English speakers.
The Two-Way Model implemented at all other BCS Dual Language schools serves classes consisting of approximately 50% native English speakers and 50% native Spanish speakers.
The percentage of content delivered in English and Spanish varies by grade level.
Prepares students to live and work in a global society
Fosters bilingualism and bi-literacy
Creates enhanced awareness of cultural diversity
Enhances academic achievement
All six BCS districts have at least one elementary school with a Dual Language Spanish Immersion program. They are:
Avery's Creek Elementary
Glen Arden Elementary
North Buncombe Elementary
W.D. Williams Elementary
West Buncombe Elementary
Director of Elementary and
Dr. Cheri Boone
BCS Global Education Specialist