Dual-Language Program

Dual Language School 

Cleveland Dual Language School, along with parents and the community, is committed to providing each student a diverse education in a safe, supportive environment that promotes biliteracy, self-discipline, motivation, and excellence in learning. The Cleveland School team prepares students to meet the challenges of society by providing excellent achievement opportunities, emphasizing biliteracy in the core subjects and preparing our students to become bilingual & biliterate, caring, capable and responsible members of a global community.

Dual Language Education Program

“Dual language has been found to be the only method of second language acquisition to facilitate the full closure of the achievement gap between English Learners (ELs) and English speakers in primary and secondary education. Strictly structured and well-implemented dual language instruction across all subjects of the curriculum provides all students the opportunity to develop a deep academic proficiency in two languages, which will give them the tools to become highly sought after bilingual professionals in today’s more globalized world.”

THOMAS & COLLIER 2012 National Council for Languages and International Studies




Benefits of being bilingual

  • Enhanced cognitive flexibility
  • Enhanced communication skills
  • Expanded capacity to think divergently
  • Better problem-solvers
  • Strong personal identity and confidence in their abilities
  • Students in dual language programs outperform their monolingual peers academically.

Our Program

  • Literacy instruction is One-Way model. One-way dual language programs provide instruction in two languages and serve mostly English Learners (ELs), former English Learners (ELs), and heritage language learners in the same classroom.

  • All students start at 80% of instruction in Spanish and 20% English literacy instruction

  • Cleveland Elementary School is collaborating with Office of Language and Cultural Education (OLCE) in the planning of our Dual Language program

  • Bilingual Teachers Pre-K- 3rd grade

  • Cleveland has been proactive in preparing for our Dual Language Program by attending Dual Language workshops since 2014

Dual-Language Partnerships


  • Peggy Notebaert Nature museum as part of our science Curriculum

  • Personalized Learning with Leap Innovations

  • Improv Class after school

  • Design Dance and Salsa after school classes

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