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Compañeros Program

Amy Finsmith
Dual Language Program Specialist

Karen Lapuk          
Director, ESOL, Bilingual and World Languages

In the Compañeros Program, instruction of the general education program/curriculum is provided in both languages, Spanish and English, and usually alternates from week to week. Instruction delivered in Spanish is done so by a Bilingual Education teacher. Instruction delivered in English is done so by an English-speaking general education teacher. In this program, students are taught by a team of two teachers.

The Compañeros Program is available on a lottery basis to students who qualify when entering Kindergarten. Entering Kindergarten classes are comprised of nearly equal numbers of Spanish dominant and English dominant students.

Applications are accepted the Spring prior to entering Kindergarten after a mandatory informational session.


Update on March 20, 2017 Information Forum for Parents:
If you attended the Information Forum for Compañeros on March 20, here is a compilation of all the questions and comments that were collected that evening.  Program staff are working on compiling answers and timing/process clarification and will post them once a schedule of the process is determined.