Dual Language Education

Dual Language Education

Eagle County Schools values the cultural and linguistic diversity in our community. With almost half of our students entering school already speaking a language other than English, we have the opportunity to be able to develop both English and Spanish in all of our students.
Eagle County Schools offers programs that provide Spanish language development in the form of a 50:50 Dual Language Program. In these programs, all students are language learners and all teachers are language development teachers in one language or the other. These schools not only focus on language development, but high academic achievement in both English and Spanish, as well. Students become bilingual, biliterate and bicultural throughout their school career reaching the goal of being academically proficient in English and another language as demonstrated through the Seal of Biliteracy. Students exhibit bilingual leadership in their community and are prepared for global citizenship.

50/50 Dual Language is provided at the following schools.
El lenguaje dual 50/50 se ofrece en las siguientes escuelas.
Avon Elementary
Edwards Elementary
Eagle Valley Elementary
Gypsum Elementary
Homestake Peak School
June Creek Elementary
Berry Creek Middle School
Learn More about Dual Language here

Dual Language 50:50 programs provide the following benefits for all students:
  • Increased cognitive stimulation
  • Higher levels of engagement
  • Increased metalinguistic awareness and abilities to develop additional languages
  • Fewer disciplinary referrals
  • Higher self esteem
  • Higher value of diversity
Lindholm-Leary (2001, 2009);Thomas, Collier & Collier (2010)

Our schools has also observed that students in dual language programs tend to:
  • Learn English at quicker rate
  • Have more strategies with which to tackle challenges
  • Have more ease and confidence when working with others from different backgrounds