Silver Lake school to start dual language program

Micheltorena Elementary in Silver Lake  will be starting an English-Spanish Dual Language Program later this year and is holding a meeting for interested parents on Jan. 18.  A recent Silver Lake Neighborhood Council newsletter had more details about the meeting and the school’s plans:

Silver Lake parents who would like to find out about the Mitcheltorena Spanish Dual Language Program that would be starting up in the Fall, are … invited on Wednesday, January 18th at 8:15 am and 5:00 pm in Room 7 for a information meeting. A District representative from the Dual Language office will conduct the meeting. Based on interest in the program, they will have either one or two kindergarten classrooms that will focus on developing [bilingualism] and biliteracy in English and Spanish. If you are interested, please contact Principal Susanna Furfari at Micheltorena at (323) 661-2125 or at susanna.furfari@lausd.net.

Schools in Echo Park and Highland Park have launched dual language programs in which students are taught in two languages.  The program will be offered to both English-learning and English-speaking students with the intention of producing students who are bilingual and able to read and write in both English and Spanish.

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