About Our Programs
Our Languages and Programs:
Our Dual Language Programs are two:
1)Spanish/ English - Located at Ward, Jefferson, and Trinity Elementary Schools...And now at Columbus Elementary School as well, starting in grades K and 1
2) Italian/ English - Located at Jefferson School (Grades 3 - 5) * For Italian K-2, families should apply to Barnard School where Italian FLES (Foreign language in Elementary School), is offered.
Families interested in Spanish /English CILA should fill-in and return an Interest From provided to students during the Winter of the student's Kindergarten year (usually by the end of February).
Goals and Mission
Applying to a Dual Language Program
Who is eligible and what is the application process?
Parents of students in Kindergarten receive an interest level survey and information on evaluations and the lottery process required. If student is attending private school or is coming from out of district, parents should contact the Dual Language District Office to make evaluation arrangements.
Students applying to the Italian Program should submit an application to the enter the Barnard Magnet program as early as Pre-K.
Dual Language Programs in Secondary Education
What does the Dual Language Program look like during the Secondary years?
Both Isaac E. young and Albert Leonard Middle Schools offer High School level Advanced Spanish for former CILA students. As our Italian CILA students reach the Middle School, they will be offered the same opportunity.
At the New Rochelle High School, former CILA students have the opportunity to study Spanish Honors and/or Spanish Language and Spanish Literature AP Courses; as well as a third language of their choice.
Our Program's History
Our programs came about as a result of community interest and School Board support.
The Spanish-English program started in 2000 at Ward Elementary School. It expanded to Trinity in 2002. Jefferson followed in 2007. Davis Elementary School opened its first class in 2012. The Italian program, grades 1 and 2, moved to Barnard in 2013.
The Italian-English program started in 2008 as the result of the Italian-American heritage community interest with the Support of IACE, the Italian American Committee in Education.