The Spanish/English Dual Language Program is a challenging academic program designed to develop literacy in both languages.
It begins at the elementary level, with 50 percent of the curriculum taught in Spanish and 50 percent taught in English. Kindergarten through fifth grades are located at Anderson Elementary School.
Dual language instruction continues with classes at Gaiser Middle School. Here, students receive two periods of instruction in Spanish daily. The remainder of the instruction is in English.
For those students who wish to continue learning Spanish after middle school, rigorous classes are offered in the Spanish language pathway at the Fort Vancouver High School Center for International Studies.
Students who live throughout the district may apply.
Research shows that bilingual students demonstrate greater academic gains, stronger cultural literacy and enhanced cognitive skills.