[Lgpolicy-list] [lg policy] Bilingual education: What’s available in Washington-area elementary schools?

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Fri Nov 14 19:48:49 UTC 2014

Bilingual education: What’s available in Washington-area elementary schools?

  By Michael Alison Chandler
<http://www.washingtonpost.com/people/michael-alison-chandler> October 31
<chandlerm at washpost.com?subject=Reader%20feedback%20for%20%27Bilingual%20education:%20What%E2%80%99s%20available%20in%20Washington-area%20elementary%20schools?%27>

Hundreds of elementary schools in the area offer foreign language before or
after school through PTA-funded or fee-based programs. But here’s a look at
what Washington-area school systems are funding and providing to their
students. Many of the immersion or specialty programs enroll pupils on a
lottery basis.

*Alexandria *
* Foreign language programs in three of 13 elementary schools. *

Dual-language program at John Adams Elementary School and Mount Vernon
Community School. ●Jefferson-Houston School offers foreign language through
the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program. ●Language: Spanish

*Arlington County *

 *Foreign language programs in 16 of 22 elementary schools.* Immersion
programs at Key and Claremont elementary schools. ●Foreign Language in
Elementary School programs at 14 schools. ●Foreign Language Exploratory
program for fifth-graders in six elementary schools, after school, funded
by the school district. ●Language: Spanish

*D.C. Public Schools *

*Foreign language offered in 64 of 78 schools with elementary grades.*
Seven schools offer dual-language programs: Bancroft, Bruce Monroe at Park
View, Cleveland, Oyster-Adams, Powell, Marie Reed and Tyler. ●More than 50
schools offer Foreign Language in Elementary School or instruction before
or after school, funded by the school district. ● Languages: French, Latin,
Mandarin, Spanish

*D.C. Public Charter Schools *

Many public charter schools offer some foreign language instruction, but
these schools include foreign language as part of their core mission:
Briya, DC Bilingual, Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom, Latin American
Montessori Bilingual, Mary McLeod Bethune Day Academy, Mundo Verde
Bilingual, Sela, Washington Yu Ying. ●Languages: French, Hebrew, Mandarin,

*Fairfax County *

*Foreign language offered in 71 of 139 elementary schools. *Partial or
two-way immersion programs in 16 schools. Partial: Fox Mill, Fort Hunt,
Great Falls, Kent Gardens, Laurel Ridge, Orange Hunt, Ravensworth. Two-way:
Bailey’s, Colin Powell, Braddock, Groveton, Lake Anne, London Towne, Rose
Hill, Washington Mill. Both: Herndon. ●Foreign Language in Elementary
Schools offers about an hour of instruction a week in 55 schools.
●Languages: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish

*Loudoun County *

*Foreign language offered in 0 of 56 elementary schools. *Instruction
begins in seventh grade.

*Montgomery County *

*Foreign language offered in seven of 133 elementary schools. *

Immersion programs in seven schools: College Gardens, Potomac, Maryvale,
Sligo Creek, Burnt Mills, Rolling Terrace, Rock Creek Forest. ● Languages:
Chinese, French, Spanish

*Prince George’s County *

*Foreign language offered in 25 of 123 elementary schools. *Ten
neighborhood elementary schools offer a World Language Elementary program
this year, providing instruction between two and five days a week. ●Eight
schools have an International Culture and Language program, which
introduces students in Talented and Gifted programs to various languages
and cultures. ●The county also offers the following specialty programs:
Montessori and foreign language programs at John Hanson and Robert Goddard.
● Full immersion programs at Phyllis E. Williams and Overlook. ●
Dual-language program at Cesar Chavez. ●Dual-language/STEM program at
Capitol Heights. ● Partial immersion/STEM programs at Paint Branch.
●Languages: Chinese, Italian, French, Spanish, Russian

*Prince William County *

*Foreign language offered in 10 out of 60 schools that have elementary
grades.* World Language in Elementary Schools program provides 45 minutes
of instruction at least once a week at 10 schools. ● Languages: Chinese,
French, Japanese, Spanish

Source: World language or media relations departments for each school system

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