Our Schurz Dual Language Program offers high-quality and rigorous instruction in two languages. Each day our students will be immersed in Literacy and content learning in both Spanish and English. The program promotes academic success for bilingual, bi-literate, and bi-cultural citizens.
Each Dual Language classroom consists of nine Native English and nine Native Spanish speaking students. In the event that more than nine families are interested in the program, a lottery is held to determine positioning. Students enroll in the program beginning in kindergarten. Once a student is placed in the Dual Language Program, the student remains in the program through fifth grade. Continued Dual Language options are available at the secondary level.
Core classroom instruction is taught kindergarten through fifth grade in 50% English and 50% Spanish each day.
Physical Education, Art, Music and Media courses are taught in English.
Research on Dual Language Education suggests the following brain benefits for students:
Our highly qualified, specialized, bilingual teachers provide rigorous instruction for all learners.
“Dual language education is NOT about English language acquisition. Dual language is about three goals:
Unlike ESL and transitional bilingual programs, dual language is the only additive program model and allows us to serve language learners by adding additional languages, but never at the expense of the first language and culture. Students in dual language programs, or emergent bilinguals, use each of the two program languages to strengthen both. Additionally, students in dual language programs are able to see differences in people as opportunities to connect rather than obstacles to overcome.” – Dr. Jose Medina
Welcome to the Watertown Unified School District where our vision is Excellence for All – It’s the Watertown Way! We are proud of the Watertown community and committed to providing excellent facilities and quality instruction to every child, every day.
Factors that impact placement of students in addition to parental preference: