Dual Language Program
Dual Language education programs integrate native English speaking students with native Spanish, Chinese, French, or other language speaking students for academic instruction which is presented in both languages. Social and academic learning occurs in an environment that values the language and culture of all students and sets high standards to ultimately achieve academic success in both languages. Many school districts have created magnet schools around Dual Language programs because of the social benefits found in these classrooms. Omaha Public Schools is one such district, and R.M. Marrs Magnet is one of the schools within the district that offers this program to 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students.
Dual Language Program Beliefs
Administrators, teachers, and staff within the Dual Language Program of the Omaha Public Schools are dedicated to ensuring that each child acquires the skills and knowledge to succeed in global society by working towards the following goals:
- High Academic Achievement
- Cross Cultural Abilities
- Students are taught in English and Spanish.
- Students develop all four language domains in both languages: speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
- All students, K-12, study Spanish Language Arts.
- Lessons are not repeated or translated.
- Dual Language students are held to equal expectations in English and Spanish.
- Strict language separation is maintained.
How do students enter the program?
- Students can enter the program in kindergarten by submitting an application and being selected through the lottery system.
- If a sibling is currently in the program, there is a great chance that the next child may be selected for the program.
- Students who are entering middle school can apply for entrance into the program provided slots are available and the student is orally proficient in Spanish.
- Spanish speaking R.M.. Marrs Magnet students who are in the newcomer ESL program will join the Dual Language program.