The Two-Way model brings together students dominant in Spanish (50%) and English (50%) in a specially designed academic program. The Two-Way Program follows the same curriculum as standard classes; the difference is the language of instruction. Students begin in kindergarten spending 80% of their day in Spanish. By 3rd grade 50% of instruction in language arts, math, science and social studies is in English, and 50% is in Spanish. (Lessons taught in one language are not repeated in the other.)
Students in the Abriendo Puertas Secondary Two-Way program continue with their study of Spanish at Walsh Middle School and Framingham High School. Students who successfully complete all of the requirements of the secondary program will be recognized during the high school graduation ceremony.
The Two-Way Bilingual Program aims for students to:
Studies done in Canada and in the United States show that by learning a second language students benefit by:
Where is Two-Way Program Offered?
Two-Way Bilingual Education programs are offered at:
How can my child participate?
Enrollment in the Two-Way Bilingual program is open to every new kindergarten student. Seats are filled through a lottery process. It is difficult for students to enroll after kindergarten because they must already have substantial proficiency in the second language. In order to preserve the integrity of this program parents are asked to carefully consider both the appropriateness of and their desire for this choice for their child, as well as the long-term commitment that is required. (A Letter of Commitment must be signed in order to be considered for the lottery.)