Mount Vernon School District
Dual Language Enrichment Program at Madison Elementary School
The Mount Vernon School Board approved for Madison Elementary School to begin a dual language enrichment program beginning in the 2007-2008 school year. The 50-50 two-way immersion dual language enrichment program is available to all MVSD students.
The mission and student goals are as follows:
The Madison Elementary Dual Language Enrichment Program utilizes best practices and embraces the linguistic and cultural diversity of our school community as the foundation for preparing students to excel in a pluralistic, global society.
- Students will attain biliteracy – read and write at or above grade level in TWO languages.
- Students will attain achievement at or above grade level in content areas (math, science, social studies)
- Students will attain high levels of bilingual proficiency.
- Students will attain a high level of cross-cultural competencies.
Dual Language enrichment education is a proven program in which native English-speaking children and native Spanish speaking children are educated in both English and Spanish. Reading and writing is taught primarily in the child’s native language through 2nd grade. After 2nd grade, reading and writing is taught in both languages. Beginning in Kindergarten, mathematics is primarily taught in English and science and social studies is taught in Spanish. One teacher at each grade level is a native or nearly native Spanish speaker. The Spanish-speaking teacher teams with an English-speaking teacher. The students are mixed within the classroom. Approximately 50% of the students in the program are native English speakers and 50% of the students are native Spanish speakers. The students are partnered in what is called bilingual pairs. Research tells us that the results of a well designed dual language education program are outstanding for both English and Spanish speakers.