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Dual Language

Dual Language in Jeffco

Dual Language programming enhances the development of content and literacy in both English and Spanish languages so students graduate ready for college, career, and life in a globally competitive economy and a collaborative international community. 

This unique program builds students’ linguistic skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in both English and Spanish. Students learn standards-based content as they become linguistically and academically proficient in two languages.

Goals of Dual Language Programming

  • Students will achieve at high academic levels across all content areas in both Spanish and English.

  • Students develop high levels of proficiency in Spanish and English, and will use what they have learned in both languages to succeed academically and socially.

  • Students demonstrate positive cross-cultural attitudes and behaviors.

Benefits of Dual Language Programming

Dual Language education has cognitive, cultural and academic benefits for students, including improved job opportunities and communication skills.

  • Students in Dual Language programs develop academic and linguistic proficiency in two languages.

  • Dual Language programming supports the appreciation and understanding of different cultures and perspectives, fostering empathy and tolerance.

  • Early exposure to two or more languages positively impacts language development, cognitive development and reading. 

  • Dual Language programming supports students on the path to receive the Seal of Biliteracy.

Programming at a Glance


Instructional Model


Student Profile



Starts with more instruction in Spanish. Gradually includes more English instruction (from 20% instruction in Kindergarten to 50% in 3rd grade)

One teacher who teaches in both English and Spanish

For students who come to school with a Spanish language background.

Allows students to learn content in their home language of Spanish while gradually learning English.


Preschool instruction is 90% in Spanish and 10% in English, 

all other grades have

instruction 50% in English and 50% in Spanish.

Two teachers: one who instructs only in English and the other instructs only in Spanish

For students of all language backgrounds, including English.

Students learn both language and culture from each other.


Earlier exposure to more English instruction for Spanish-speaking students.

Preschool, Elementary and K-8 Schools with Dual Language Programming


All-English programming

One-way programming 

Two-way programming

Preschool options










One-way and all-English options





One-way and all-English options






Foster K-8




*All-English programming -  offered in all grades at specified schools. 

*One-way programming - Instruction in English and Spanish for students with a Spanish language background. 

*Two-way programming - Instruction in English & Spanish for students of any language background.

Dual Language Secondary Courses

As students enter middle school and high school, there are options to continue learning in Spanish through Spanish Language Arts and Spanish for Heritage Speakers courses. Some sites also offer courses instructed in Spanish such as math, science, social studies and electives. Course offerings depend on the specific school you are enrolling your student in.

As students get closer to graduation, those who demonstrate proficiency in both English and Spanish are eligible to receive the Jeffco and Colorado Seal of Biliteracy, which is the perfect culmination to all of their work through dual language programming.

Types Of Dual Language Programming

There are two types of Dual Language programming offered in Jeffco.

Enroll Now

To enroll your student in a Dual Language Program, complete the enrollment process through EnrollJeffco and contact your school. 

To learn more about the schools that offer Dual Language programming, visit SchoolFinder.

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education

Dual Language is part of the department of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education (CLDE), which provides linguistic and academic support for multilingual Learners CLDE includes programs in ESL, Dual Language and Adult ESL and Literacy.

Contact Us

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education

Phone: 303-982-6644