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SL School Board Provides Concensus For Dual Language Program

January 16, 2020 5:25am

The Storm Lake Community School District Board of Education has given its
consensus for a new Dual Language program that will officially launch in fall 2020.
The program, which the board discussed at its Wednesday meeting, will welcome up to 50 kindergarten students starting in the 2020-21 school year.

Students will engage in Spanish instruction 50 percent of the time and English the other 50 percent of the time. At least half the students will be from Spanish-speaking households.

Storm Lake's Dual Language program will be only the seventh of its kind in Iowa.

"We are thrilled that we will be able to move forward with this innovative program, which will offer a truly global learning experience for our students," said Dr. Stacey Cole, SLCSD Superintendent. "As children in the program increase their English and Spanish language skills, they will also learn about global cultures and societies while focusing on high academic achievement. We look forward to preparing for a successful launch and welcoming our first students come this fall."

The kindergarten students beginning the program in the 2020-21 school year will have the opportunity to continue on with Dual Language instruction as they move onto advanced grade levels.

Each year, the program will grow by one grade level until Dual Language is offered on a K-12 pathway.
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Families interested in learning more or enrolling their students in the Dual Language program can visit http://bit.ly/SLCSDDL . The application period will be open from February 3rd to April 30th. Students will be selected via a lottery process in May.