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Mamaroneck Elementary School Introduces Dual Language Program

A dual language presentation will be held June 5 on the district's new dual language kindergarten program at Mamaroneck Avenue Elementary School.
A dual language presentation will be held June 5 on the district's new dual language kindergarten program at Mamaroneck Avenue Elementary School. Photo Credit: Mamaroneck School District

MAMARONECK, N.Y. – The new dual language kindergarten program will launch this fall at Mamaroneck Avenue Elementary School and incoming kindergarten parents are invited to learn more about it June 5.

The cost-neutral program was one of several new initiatives included in the 2013-2014 Mamaroneck School District’s $128.2 million budget . It rotates instruction in English and Spanish. One day, kids will be taught in English, and the next day they will be taught in Spanish. The program will be offered only at Mamaroneck Avenue School, but is open to all kindergarten students in the school district. Students from the other three elementary schools who want to participate would visit Mamaroneck Avenue School to do so.

More details will be announced at the June 5 dual language presentation from 4 to 5 p.m. The speaker will be Dr. Stephen Caldas, professor and adviser at Manhattanville College, who has researched the advantages of dual language instruction in socioeconomically diverse communities.

“Dual language programs can produce bilingual, biliterate and bicultural students… while fostering socioeconomic integration,” Caldas has said in a statement.

The presentation will be given in English with Spanish translation in the all purpose room at Mamaroneck Avenue School on 850 Mamaroneck Ave.

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