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Dual Language (DL) Program

Dual Language Seal on Your Diploma

Students who have completed 6 credits (earning a C or better in all) in approved courses and earning a score of 3 or higher on the AP Spanish Language exam will receive a dual language seal on their diploma. There are various assessments that students can take to demonstrate their proficiency in the four language domains, including the AP Spanish Literature exams, Willamette Promise Exam, and the STAMP assessment, to name a few.

The seal will not reflect on the High School transcript, but the content courses will show DL. 

West's Dual Language education contact

If you are interested or have any questions about Dual Language education, contact:

Jaela Dinsmore

Dual Language Instructor

About West's Dual Language Program

Mission: Creating capacity, celebrating culture, cultivating community.

Vision: Affirm and develop multiculturalism, multilingualism, and multiliteracy for all students

The Dual Language Program in Salem-Keizer Public Schools is a Kindergarten through 12th grade additive bilingual program that uses two languages for instruction, learning, and communication. Students receive core academic instruction in Spanish and English with the expectation of high academic performance in both languages for all students. 

Pilares de la education del lenguaje dual: competencia sociocultural, bilinguisimo, exito acedemico.
Pilars of a dual language education

Image credit: Palm Springs Unified School District

Why is it important?

Being bilingual brings lifelong cultural, cognitive, academic, and employment benefits.

Research shows:

  • both native English speakers and native Spanish speakers in well-implemented dual language programs tend to excel academically,out-performing their peers in traditional educational settings. (Thomas & Collier, 2012).
  • people who are bilingual demonstrate greater cognitive flexibility, increased attention control, better memory, and superior problem-solving skills as well as enhanced understanding of their primary language (Lindholm-Leary, 2001).
  • historically underserved students, especially emerging bilinguals (those whose first language is the partner language, not English), attain greater academic success when they participate in dual language programs (Thomas & Collier, 2009).
  •  that Dual Language is the only program model that has shown full achievement gap closure for multilingual students with a first language other than English (Baker, 2011; Lindholm-Leary, 2009).

Instruction in DL Classrooms

In high school the goal is for students to take a minimum of two DL classes each year, or up to 50% of their schedule in the partner language.

  • The classes should include a Spanish Language Arts class and at least one other class in Spanish.


  • The curriculum is aligned with state standards. Priority is given to resources which are authentic and culturally diverse. 


  • Dual language students participate in the same district and state assessments as all students.
  • Content area assessments are given in the language of instruction.
  • Dual language students in 5th and 8th grades take the STAMP assessment, a test that measures Spanish proficiency for listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

Language Use and Development

  • Language development is a part of instruction in all content areas.
  • Teachers provide instruction on vocabulary and grammar within the context of reading, writing and speaking.
  • Students are expected to actively use the target language and are provided with multiple opportunities to practice language.

Sociocultural Competence

  • Instruction and classroom climate promote identity development, cross-cultural awareness, multicultural appreciation, and broadening of worldview.

How to join

Students previously enrolled in a middle school Dual Language program will automatically be enrolled in the Dual Language program at West unless otherwise noted. There are pathways for bilingual students to join the dual language program at middle or high school through a Spanish language assessment performed and evaluated by the dual language staff onsite. Testing opportunities are provided each school year for fifth and eighth grade students through the STAMP test. Students interested in learning about the different course offerings at each grade level can access our Dual Language Trajectory document.

Contact Us

Robin Farup-Romero
Multilingual Programs Administrator

K-12 Dual Language Program Associates

Oscar Rodriguez

Monique Aguilar     

About Dual Language Education

Dual language education is an effective approach to develop language proficiency and literacy in two languages. The program integrates English speakers and Spanish speakers for academic content instruction through both languages. Students in the Dual Language program learn together and learn from each other, as they share their language and cultural resources.

Our Dual Language Program

Salem-Keizer Public School's dual language program integrates English Learners and English-dominant students with the goal of improving the academic and linguistic performance of all participants. Its mission is to develop critically aware, multilingual students who are equipped to build bridges of intercultural understanding between diverse communities and successfully participate in the global community.

Dual Language Program Goals 

  • Academic achievement at or above grade level in all content areas 
  • High levels of academic bilingualism and biliteracy 
  • Higher levels of cultural pride, self-esteem and intercultural understanding

Dual Language Program Details

High School Dual Language Program

The high school DL program builds on the content, language, and cultural understandings students developed during middle school. High school dual language programs offer a range of upper-level Spanish language classes as well as two years of Social Studies in Spanish. Students are placed in language classes based on their language proficiency level and take one or more dual language classes per year. Students also have the option of studying a third language.

Apply for Our Dual Language Program

Enrollment Applications

The Magnet school Dual Language programs at Grant, Harritt, and Myers Elementary will accept applications beginning March 1 for students entering kindergarten and first grade in 2024-2025.

Dual language program applications submitted by the deadline are reviewed and organized by prioritized criteria. If there are more applicants than spaces available, a lottery is conducted for the remaining spots. Applying does not guarantee placement in the dual language program. Applications are not required for neighborhood school dual language programs.

Prioritized Criteria:

  1. Students who live in the school boundary for the Magnet school.
  2. Students who have siblings in the Magnet school program.
  3. Students who live in the Salem-Keizer School District boundary but live outside the Magnet school boundary.
  4. Students who live outside of the Salem-Keizer School District boundary.

Application Process & Deadline

  1. Enroll your student in your neighborhood school.
  2. Return a copy of your completed Dual Language application to the Magnet School or Elementary Education Office by April 1.
  3. Applications are also available at your neighborhood school.

Enrollment for Middle School Dual Language Program Participants

From Middle to High School

Students who participated in a middle school dual language program are automatically enrolled in the high school dual language program at the corresponding feeder school. Students who are newcomers and students with high levels of Spanish literacy may also join the high school DL program. These students are assessed for Spanish literacy and writing to determine class placements.

Dual Language FAQs