Bilingual Programs

The Dual Language program is a researched based enrichment model of instruction that values the acquisition of language and the use of two or more languages as a tool for learning in the classroom.  The goals of the program are those based on research from the Center of Applied Linguistics (CAL).
The Three Pillars of Dual Language Programming:
  1. Bilingualism and biliteracy are the first goal in dual language. Because students are learning content via two languages, they must be able to speak, write, read, listen, and use each of the two program languages as a support for the other.
  2. The second goal of dual language programs is to ensure high academic achievement for each student, in both program languages. This is extremely important because students in dual language programs must excel in mathematics, science, social studies, language arts, physical education, music, and art, in both languages of instruction.
  3. Sociocultural competence is the third pillar of dual language. It is the one goal that the other two pillars rest on. Students in dual language programs should be able to see the similarities and differences in each other, but rather than identifying the differences as obstacles to overcome, they should be viewed as opportunities to connect. 
The Dual Language program in MSD Lawrence follows the Indiana academic standards.  All classroom teachers are highly certified and fluent in the language used for instruction.  In most classrooms, the teachers are dominant speakers of that language and share their love and appreciation of bilingualism and multicultural awareness with their students.
The Dual Language program is nationally recognized for its high levels of academic achievement.  It is the longest standing language learning program in the state of Indiana.  It is also the only K-12 dual language model in the state.  Students who enter the dual language model in MSD Lawrence have the opportunity to acquire a new language, advance their cognitive abilities beyond the monolingual brain, and gain global perspective that is looked for when entering the workforce.  Being bilingual has many benefits!

Articles to Reference:

6 Potential Brain Benefits of Bilingual Education - NPR ED - 2016

Why Bilinguals Are Smarter - New York Times, 2012

Grades Preschool - 2 are located at Skiles Test School of Spanish Immersion and STEM

Grades Preschool - 6 are located at Forest Glen School of Spanish Immersion

Grades 7-8 are located at Fall Creek Valley Middle School

Grades 9-12 are located at Lawrence North High School

The entire K-12 Immersion Program has been recognized by The Ministry of Education and Science of the Kingdom of Spain as an International Spanish Academy.

Application Process

Grades:  Preschool and  KG Only K-6

Families interested in applying for Spanish Two-Way Dual Language for the  2019-2020 school year can do so from November 1 - November 30, 2018 (Preschool and Kindergarten ONLY ), The application will be available on the Enrollment page from November 1 through November 30, 2018.

Grades 1 - 6
Families interested in applying for Spanish Immersion in grades 1 - 6 should follow the same process as families applying to attend any of the Magnet schools.  Students who are entering grades 2-6 and accepted through the CAP (Computerized Admission Process) are required to pass a Spanish assessment to complete the admittance process. For more information: email Erika Tran, Coordinator of Language Programs.

Grades 7 - 12
Students entering grades 7-12, please inquire through your guidance counselor.

Contact Information

For more information: Contact Erika Tran, Assistant Director of English as a New Language, 423-8319.

For magnet application information: Click to email us  or call 423-8209.

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