Dual Language Program

  • YSD - bilingual, biliterate by graduation

    What is Dual Language? 

    Dual language is a form of education in which students are taught literacy and content in two languages. In Yakima SD, this will be primarily English and Spanish. Students will be immersed primarily in Spanish starting in PreK/Kindergarten, then, starting in 3rd grade, half of their learning will be in both languages.

    • YSD's one-way dual language program exceeds transitional bilingual programs and English-only programs
    • Dual language programs have the power to reverse much of the negative impact of poverty on English learners' achievement
    • Only dual language programs consistently close the more difficult second half of Englishlearners' achievement gap
    • Dual language programs significantly raise test scores for all participating students

Dual Language Information

Dual Language Program Impact

  • Thomas and Coiller chart

    In more than 30 years of research and multiple districts in different states, Thomas and Collier have found that English as a second language learners who participate in dual language programs outperform the average (in English!) of native English learners, that is, students who only speak only English. That average is distinguished by the blue line with the bi-directional dual language program.

Our Commitment to Dual Language

  • Bilingual, biliterate by graduation

    Three pillars of dual language education

Dual Language Schools

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    MLK Jr Elementary School logo

    Martin Luther King Jr
    (509) 573-1106


    Garfield Elementary

    (509) 573-5700


    Barge-Lincoln Elementary

    (509) 573-5201


    Adams Elementary

    (509) 573-5114