It was the noted American journalist, Flora Lewis, who once said that “learning another language is not [just] learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things.” Ms. Lewis understood the power of language that goes beyond the ability to communicate—i.e., to read, write, listen, and speak. Language is the portal to understanding culture, history, and tradition. Becoming bilingual broadens one’s perspective of the world. Along with this broader perspective come opportunities to engage with others in meaningful ways. Language is the great mediator that brings people of diverse backgrounds together.
Here at Local District West, we are committed to ensuring all our students have the opportunity to learn a language other than their own, and thereby reap the benefits that come with being bilingual. Our goals are not only to foster bilingualism and biliteracy in our students, but also to ensure their academic success (in two languages!), and develop sociocultural competencies that are essential in developing more tolerant and inclusive school communities. In this vein, the Local District offers over 35 Dual Language Education programs at 30 sites, serving approximately 3,765 students. We offer more languages than any other local district; offering Armenian, French, Korean, Japanese (opening 2022-2023 SY), Mandarin, and Spanish. Additionally, our World Language programs offer American Sign Language, Arabic, Italian, German, and Latin. We understand that for some of our students, developing proficiency in another language may require anywhere between 5 and 10 years of instruction. It is for this reason that we are working diligently to ensure that every community of schools offers a comprehensive Dual Language Education pathway (TK-12). Through our pathways, our students develop increasingly higher levels of language and academic proficiency in the target language, setting them up for future success—whether it be in higher education and/or career opportunities.
I invite you to look through our website and explore the many options that we have for our communities of schools. If you are a parent contemplating enrolling your child in a Dual Language Education program, you have come to the right place. We have an assortment of programs and models that are sure to fit the needs of every student.
Thank you for visiting our website and come back soon!
Alfredo Ortiz, Director
LD West – Dual Language Education Programs
- The UE window for late application opened February 1, 2022. Please see the link titled Unified Enrollment on the left-hand side of this page for more information. Parents interested in enrolling their student(s) in one of our DLE programs can apply at https://goto.lausd.net/#gsc.tab=0
- Make sure to check with your school site to see if your child qualifies for one of the following LAUSD sponsored Biliteracy Awards: K/1 Promise to Bilingualism; Elementary Pathway to Biliteracy Award; Middle School Pathway to Biliteracy Award; or the State Seal of Biliteracy. Depending on your child's grade-level, see the following informational videos on the Pathways to Biliteracy and Seal of Biliteracy Awards for more information: Pathways to Biliteracy & Seal of Biliteracy Awards Video.English; Pathways to Biliteracy and Seal of Biliteracy Awards Video.Spanish
French Consulate and Superintendent Carvalho Recognized Richland Dual Language Program
Broadway Elementary - Inside a Language Immersion School
Seal of Biliteracy Videos are now available. See links below. You are free to view and share.
Students who meet the criteria qualify for the Biliteracy Pathway Awards in grades K, 1st, 5th, 6th, 8th grades and the Seal of Biliteracy Awards for the 12th grade, regardless of the Master Plan Program.
Click on image for video
Haga click en la imagen para video