Frequently Asked Questions
Can my child enter the program at any grade?
- If English is the primary language spoken at home, Kindergarten and 1st grade are the only grades you can enter the program. The language demands in Spanish become too difficult past 1st grade. Students will enter based on the waitlist.
- If Spanish is the primary language spoken in the home and your child qualifies for ELL services, they may be entered in the program. Their overall Spanish will be assessed to ensure this is the proper placement and or their previous school's placement will be taken into consideration.
- If there is evidence that your child has participated in a dual program in another district, then they may be allowed into our Dual Language program past 1st grade. Parents will need to provide the Coordinator of Dual Language with a Dual Language report card or letter from the previous school district.
If we have an older sibling in the program, does the younger one automatically get in?
- Yes, incoming Kindergarten students with siblings currently in the Dual Language program will have preference. A form will be sent home each year to current students in the program. Parents with an incoming Kindergarten child should fill out and return to the Primary building with attention to Elizabeth Szepesi, Coordinator of Dual Language. The form is also available here.
What if I have multiple children entering Kindergarten? Will they each get a lottery number?
- No, if you have twins, triplets, etc. your family will get one lottery number. If that number is drawn, all the children get into the program.
Can my child receive specialized services while enrolled in the Dual Language program?
- Yes, if your child qualifies for additional support or advanced/challenge services, he or she will receive them during the English portion of their day unless a Spanish-speaking staff member can provide the service.
If I do not live with Woodland SD50 boundaries, can I still enter my child into the lottery?
Yes, you may enter into the Dual Language Lottery during Kindergarten registration however, you must fully register your child by the May 1st to retain your dual language placement.
Will my child learn the same curriculum as the students in monolingual/general education classrooms?
- Yes, all common core standards will be taught (see content allocation chart to see subjects taught by language for each grade). Teachers will use many strategies to help the students understand vocabulary and concepts; such as, Total Physical Response (TPR) putting meaningful gestures to words or concepts or use of songs to name a few.
How can I help my child if I don’t speak the language?
- Homework should be a review of what is taught during the school day. If your child cannot remember what to do or is unable to complete the homework with your assistance, please write a note to the teacher. Please help your child at home in the language you are most comfortable in. Your job as a parent is to continue to build and foster concepts and vocabulary in the native language. Once a concept is learned in one language it is easy to add the vocabulary word in the new language. Also, read every night! Talk to your child in your native language about what he or she is learning at school. This helps to develop conceptual knowledge
Can I withdraw my child from the program?
Every effort is made to ensure the success of each child in the dual program at Woodland, and withdrawal from the program is discouraged because, to see the full benefits, a 6-year commitment is necessary. If at any time a parent or guardian wishes to withdraw a child, they need to take the following steps:
- Before Kindergarten starts, contact the school directly to express your wishes in writing. Once you remove your child from enrollment, you will not be able to re-enroll.
- After classes start (any grade level), non-ELL students:
- A parent needs to contact the teacher to express concerns. Discuss interventions that may be implemented.
- The principal or Director of Language Acquisition may wish to meet directly with the parent to discuss specific concerns.
- If interventions fail to show growth or improvement and parents still want to remove their child, they must complete a form expressing their wish to remove their child from the Dual Language Program. The form will be put into the child’s cume folder. Once parents remove their child from enrollment, they will not be able to re-enroll.