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Vista USD |  BP  6300  Instruction

Dual Language Programs   

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The Board of Trustees recognizes the value of high-quality educational experiences that provide opportunities for students to be proficient in a language other than English and to build skills and competencies, which will prepare students to actively contribute to the global society. The Board desires to provide children access to dual language programs that include integrated language learning and academic instruction in English and another language, with the goal of fostering high academic achievement, proficiency in both languages, and an understanding and appreciation of multiculturalism to promote cultural competency among students and their families. The Board recognizes and is committed to aligning dual language programs to the Global California 2030 initiative sponsored by the California Department of Education.

The Board of Trustees also recognizes the value of alignment to the State Seal of Biliteracy, encourages excellence as a goal for all students, and wishes to publicly recognize students for exemplary achievements. The district shall present the State Seal of Biliteracy to each graduating high school student who has attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages in addition to English. (Education Code 51461)

The Superintendent or designee shall recommend expanding dual language programs based on parent/guardian and student interest, community needs, and available resources. The expansion will follow the typical structure and timeline of designing and implementing dual language programs.

Because parents/guardians are essential partners in the District, the Superintendent or designee shall involve them in program planning, along with district and school personnel, including teachers and administrators with authorizations required to provide or oversee programs and services for English learners, regarding the design and content of the language acquisition program. The Superintendent or designee shall consult evidence-based research and include both Designated and Integrated English Language Development standards in designing the program. (5 C.C.R. 11309)

(cf. 6174 - Education for English Learners)

The District shall offer a sequential dual language curriculum, preschool through grade 12, aligned with the state content standards, state curriculum framework, and, as applicable, California university admission requirements for languages other than English.

The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that teachers and paraprofessionals in district- sponsored programs possess the appropriate credentials and authorizations. Moreover, the superintendent or designee shall provide professional development and collaboration time as necessary to ensure that teachers have the knowledge and skills they need to implement an effective instructional program.

(cf. 4131 - Staff Development)

(cf. 4131.1 - Teacher Support and Guidance)

Legal Reference:


305 Effective and appropriate instructional methods for pupils; establishment of language acquisition programs; structured English immersion program for English learners; opportunities to be instructed in another

306 Definitions

44253.3. Authorization to instruct limited-English-proficient pupils; services; minimum requirements

44253.4. Authorization to instruct limited-English-proficient pupils; services; minimum requirements; examinations; languages

51461 State Seal of Biliteracy

60811 Standards for English language development


11300 et seq. Multilingual and English Learner Education


adopted: January 23, 2020 Vista, California

revised: February 13, 2020