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Spanish Bilingual Program (K-12)

​The Spanish Bilingual Program provides students with the opportunity to acquire the basic skills for speaking, reading, writing, listening and communicating in both English and Spanish at a young age. It is a program in which Spanish and English are used as the languages of instruction, beginning in Kindergarten or Grade 1 and continuing to Grade 12.


  • Students entering kindergarten or Grade 1 can register.
  • Students with previous Spanish language experience may start the Spanish Bilingual program at other grade levels. The student will need to demonstrate the necessary skills in reading, writing and speaking Spanish and English by completing a proficiency assessment.
  • Previous Spanish experience is not required and parents do not need to know the language.

Benefits of Learning Spanish

  • Expands the intellect
  • Teaches responsible citizenship
  • Develops enhanced feelings of self-esteem and pride in having acquired an additional language
  • Strengthens English literacy skills
  • Encourages the joy of lifelong learning
  • Promotes exploration, understanding and appreciation of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world and contributes to multilingualism and multiculturalism
  • Allows students to compete internationally
  • Provides students with more choices for advanced education and career options
  • Broadens students' cultural life through access to literature, art, music and theatre in another language

Benefits of Spanish Bilingual Program

  • In elementary, a 50/50 split in instructional time between English and Spanish allows students to build fluency in both languages. Children learn to understand and respond appropriately in Spanish in a range of everyday situations.
  • Students may take the DELE, which is the Spanish language credentialing exam.

Languages of Instruction

From K to grade 6:

  • English Language Arts is taught in English
  • Spanish Language Arts is taught in Spanish
  • Spanish and English are integrated for all remaining subjects

From 7 to 9:

  • Spanish Language Arts and Math are taught in Spanish
  • All remaining subjects are taught in English

From 10 to 12:

  • Spanish Language Arts and Math are taught in Spanish
  • All remaining subjects are taught in English



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