Dual Language Program

  • The Dual Language program in Alexandria City Public Schools is designed for families who would like their children to learn another language while receiving the same high quality academic curriculum as students throughout the division. Alexandria City Public Schools offers K-5 Spanish-English two-way dual language programs at John Adams Elementary School and Mount Vernon Community School.

    Dual Language programs are a form of enrichment education based on over forty years of research showing the advantages of learning a second language through academic content instruction. The Spanish-English two-way immersion form of dual language is characterized as follows:

    • Approximately half of students are from Spanish-speaking homes and half from homes in which English (or another language) is spoken
    • Instruction integrates literacy and academic content knowledge in both languages
    • Curriculum focuses on challenging, age-appropriate academic skills and knowledge aligned to high standards for all students

    In keeping with the vision of Alexandria City Public Schools, the Dual Language Program aims to become an international model of excellence in two-way immersion education. The mission of the Dual Language Program is to provide an enriched bilingual, biliterate, and culturally competent educational experience for all students.

    The goals of the program are for students to:

    • listen, speak, read and write in two (or more) languages
    • attain high levels of academic and social-emotional competence
    • become lifelong cross-cultural learners and critical thinkers

    Understanding Dual Language Programs

    Supporting Your Emerging Bilingual Child

  • CONTACT INFORMATION

    Barbara D. Acosta, Ph.D.
    Dual Language Coordinator
    English Learning Office
    Alexandria City Public Schools
    1340 Braddock Place
    Alexandria, Virginia 22314
    703-824-6970 x329
    barbara.acosta@acps.k12.va.us

    Dual Language Program Sites

    Mount Vernon Community School
    2601 Commonwealth Avenue
    Alexandria, VA 22305
    703-706-4460
    website

    Peter Balas, Principal
    peter.balas@acps.k12.va.us

    John Adams Elementary School
    5651 Rayburn Avenue
    Alexandria, VA 22311
    703-824-6970
    website

    Jill Lee, Principal
    jill.lee@acps.k12.va.us

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