Dual Language

The purpose of the Dual Language Program is to implement instruction across all subjects of the curriculum that provides students the opportunity to develop a deep academic proficiency in two languages, which will give them the tools to become highly sought-after bilingual professionals in today's more globalized world. (Thomas and Collier)

Dual Language in District 96

In 2015, when considering recommendations for the future, the Board of Education directed District administrators to continue analyzing data regarding student achievement and the transition to middle school by investigating two-way immersion dual language instruction. Research included review of Dual Language program models in specific school districts selected for their match in demographics, including Barrington 220, Glen Ellyn 41, and North Shore 112. After periodic follow-up from administrators and extensive multiyear preparation, the Board heard the detailed RECOMMENDATION for the District 96 Dual Language program, to begin in the 2019–2020 school year.


Approximately 50 percent of the students in the Dual Language program will come from homes in which Spanish is spoken and approximately 50 percent will have had little to no experience with the Spanish language. For participants, 50 percent of the academic day instruction will be delivered in Spanish and 50 percent of the academic day instruction will be delivered in English. All students in the program will receive academic instruction in Spanish and English. SEE SAMPLE KINDERGARTEN DAY SCHEDULE

The inaugural Dual Language program will begin with selected students entering kindergarten in the upcoming 2019–2020 school year. Student participants will be selected by lottery. 

The inaugural Dual Language class will be kindergartners and the students will receive instruction at Willow Grove Early Learning Center.  In the 2020–2021 school year, that inaugural class will move to Country Meadows for Grade 1 and will continue at Country Meadows Elementary School as Dual Language participants for Grades 2–5. In the 2025–26 school year, the Dual Language participants will transition to Woodlawn Middle School.

Participants Selected By Lottery

Parents/guardians interested in having their child participate in the Dual Language program must complete and return this INTEREST FORM–English | INTEREST FORM–Spanish to the Willow Grove Early Learning Center Office, 777 Checker Dr., Buffalo Grove, IL, 60089 on or before 3 PM on Fri., Mar. 22, 2019. 
We're sorry – English Interest forms for the 2019–2020 school year are no longer being accepted.

Note that completing and submitting the Interest Form indicates willingness to participate in the lottery. It does not guarantee acceptance to the Dual Language program.

On Thurs., Apr. 4, the District will host a public lottery at Willow Grove. Parents who have submitted Interest Forms for their child and completed and submitted the 2019–2020 online registration form sent on Mar. 1 are invited to attend.

The names of students not selected in their child's lottery group will be placed on a Waiting List, based on the order in which their names were drawn in that lottery. All names received will be drawn to determine Waiting List order. MORE LOTTERY INFO

Opportunities to Learn More

District staff will attend Kindergarten Preregistration Evenings to answer parents' questions on Jan. 17 and Jan. 23, 2019, at Willow Grove Early Learning Center, 777 Checker Dr., Buffalo Grove, from 5–7 p.m.

In addition, Dual Language Parent Education Evenings will be hosted on Feb. 6 and Feb. 12, 2019, at Willow Grove Early Learning Center from 6:30–7:30 p.m.