Dual Language

What Is Dual Language?

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.

Visit the website: BCS Dual Language

K-5 Dual Language Program Models

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.

Dual Language Program Benefits

  • Prepares students to live and work in a global society

  • Fosters bilingualism and bi-literacy

  • Creates enhanced awareness of cultural diversity

  • Enhances academic achievement

Our Schools

All six BCS districts have at least one elementary school with a Dual Language Spanish Immersion program. They are:

  • Avery's Creek Elementary

  • Candler Elementary

  • Glen Arden Elementary

  • Koontz Intermediate

  • North Buncombe Elementary

  • Oakley Elementary

  • W.D. Williams Elementary

  • West Buncombe Elementary

For More Information:

Jennifer Reed
Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction