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Dual Language

Dual Language at Arvada High School

The benefits of dual language learning at the high school level are far-reaching, including improved academic outcomes, higher cultural awareness and postsecondary advantages that come with second-language proficiency.


The goals of Arvada High School’s dual language program are:

  • High academic achievement – Learning in two languages requires students to stay flexible as they work with challenging content in reading, writing, science, social studies and math. Whether learning in Spanish or English, students are regularly asked to explain, justify, evaluate or synthesize what they’ve learned.
  • Cross-cultural proficiencies – Dual language education asks students to reflect on both their own cultural background and that of others. As a result, students are prepared to take active roles in their communities and to engage with issues of local, national, and global concern.
  • Mastery of Spanish and English – Students enrolled in Dual Language receive instruction in both Spanish and English, with the goal of becoming highly proficient in both languages. Students apply what they have learned in both languages to succeed academically and socially.

Dual Language in Jeffco

Dual Language programming enhances the development of content and literacy in both English and Spanish languages so students graduate ready for college, career, and life in a globally competitive economy and a collaborative international community. 

This unique program builds students’ linguistic skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in both English and Spanish. Students learn standards-based content as they become linguistically and academically proficient in two languages.

Goals of Dual Language Programming

  • Students will achieve at high academic levels across all content areas in both Spanish and English.

  • Students develop high levels of proficiency in Spanish and English, and will use what they have learned in both languages to succeed academically and socially.

  • Students demonstrate positive cross-cultural attitudes and behaviors.

Benefits of Dual Language Programming

Dual Language education has cognitive, cultural and academic benefits for students, including improved job opportunities and communication skills.

  • Students in Dual Language programs develop academic and linguistic proficiency in two languages.

  • Dual Language programming supports the appreciation and understanding of different cultures and perspectives, fostering empathy and tolerance.

  • Early exposure to two or more languages positively impacts language development, cognitive development and reading. 

  • Dual Language programming supports students on the path to receive the Seal of Biliteracy.