The Sheboygan Area School District offers a Dual Language program for students starting in 4-year-old kindergarten or 5-year-old kindergarten. The Dual Language classes include native-Spanish speakers and native-English speakers, who receive content-based instruction in both Spanish and English. The program is offered at the Early Learning Center (4K), Sheridan Elementary School (K - 5) and Horace Mann Middle School.
Components of a Dual Language Program
- Made up of 50% English speaking and 50% Spanish speaking students
- Delivers literacy through content in two languages
- Delivers services that enriches both language groups
- Recognizes and develops an appreciation of our diversity
- Promotes global awareness
- Produces students who are bilingual, biliterate, and culturally aware
Benefits of a Dual Language Program
- A second language is best acquired at an early age.
- Literacy skills are developed in both languages.
- All students are both language learners and language experts.
- Cooperative groups work together in all academic areas.
- Increase higher order thinking skills, reasoning and problem-solving ability, verbal intelligence, cognitive flexibility and divergent thinking.