English-Spanish Dual Language Program
Participation in the English-Spanish Dual Language Program at John Adams Elementary School and Mount Vernon Community School is voluntary. Spanish-speaking and English-speaking students have the opportunity to learn Spanish and English through content based instruction in selected core subjects. Science, mathematics, and Spanish literacy are taught in Spanish. English language arts, social studies, physical education, art, and music are taught in English. Students in the program continue to develop language and literacy skills in their primary language, while learning the same in their second language. The dual language program offers students an enriching and challenging learning environment. All curricula taught at John Adams and Mount Vernon meet local and state requirements. Students participating in the dual language program are held to the same academic standards as peers in other Alexandria City elementary schools. The benefits of bilingualism are numerous, including greater flexibility in thinking, high rates of academic achievement, and cross-cultural learning and communication. The John Adams Elementary School program is offered to children in kindergarten through grade 5 already attending John Adams, as well as to incoming Kindergarten students from across the city through the administrative transfer process. The Mount Vernon Community School program is offered to children in the Mount Vernon Community attendance zone in grades K through 5.
How To Register
If you reside outside the attendance zone of John Adams Elementary School, and are interested in registering your child in the dual language program at John Adams Elementary School, you must apply for an administrative transfer at the elementary school within your attendance zone. Register early! Kindergarten registration starts April 8, 2013, and parents will be notified of their administrative transfer request decisions starting June 17, 2013.
If you reside within the attendance zone of John Adams and are interested in registering your child in the dual language program, you may register directly at John Adams Elementary School when kindergarten registration opens on April 8, 2013.
If you reside within the attendance zone of Mount Vernon Community School and are interested in registering your child in the dual language program, you may register directly at Mount Vernon Community School when kindergarten registration opens on April 8, 2013.