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Dual Language

Dual Language

Grades K–8 | Zones 1–4

At IPS, our Dual Language (DL) schools aim to develop academic content in English and Spanish for native speakers in both languages. The program builds cultural competence through a 50/50 model where students will receive half of their instruction in English and half in Spanish. 

Curriculum Focuses:

  • Linguistic and cultural diversity
  • Multilingual instruction

What to Expect:

  • Classes are taught 50% in English and 50% in Spanish.
  • All students are eligible to earn the Indiana Seal of Biliteracy.
  • Education and instruction is focused on helping students become bilingual and biliterate.

An In-Depth Look: Dual Language

The Dual Language learning model is built on three pillars: bilingualism and biliteracy, grade-level academic achievement, and cross-cultural competency. This program supports linguistic and cultural diversity by creating multilingual and multicultural spaces for students to learn. Students will develop academic language skills and content knowledge through multilingual instruction, as well as develop skills to be participants in an ever-developing global society. 

Our DL programs are additive in that they support the continual development of English in addition to the Spanish language. As a two-way immersion program, students with different native languages will learn together. The goal is not to transition to a dominant language, but to maintain and value the native language while developing a second with equal proficiency. 

Schools with Dual Language Programming

  • Global Preparatory Academy at Riverside | Grades Pre-K–8 | Zones 1 & 2
  • Theodore Potter School 74 | Grades K–5 | Zones 3 & 4
  • H. L. Harshman Middle School | Grades 6–8 | Zones 3 & 4 (Dual Language); All Zones (High Ability)

Note: In 2024, the program will expand for Grades 6–8 at Harshman Middle School, creating a K–8 pipeline for Dual Language in IPS.