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Dual Language/Bilingual Education Programs

History of the Program
In the fall of 2009, South Shore Elementary School welcomed its first group of Dual Language program students. Through the years, the district has established systems and goals that vary from our original vision and adapt to best practices for a quality program. In addition, the district has been committed to expanding the opportunities and pathways of our bilingual education program by honoring the native and heritage languages of our bilingual students, as well as expanding opportunities for World Language learners. In the Spring of 2018, Greater Albany Public Schools piloted a Seal of Biliteracy opportunity through which 15 graduating high school students earned this recognition from the Oregon Department of Education in both Spanish and German languages. Since then, a total of 40 graduating seniors in Greater Albany Public Schools have been awarded with a Seal of Biliteracy and over 650 students are enrolled in our K-12 bilingual programs across four schools. 

Mission and Vision
The goal of the Greater Albany Public Schools Bilingual Education Program is to increase the academic achievement of emergent bilingual learners while empowering students through multilingualism and nurturing the diverse identities, languages, races, and cultural heritage of students and families in the Albany community. 

Program Structure
In our efforts to support students in a strong foundation for biliteracy, we require that all learners begin in our elementary program no later than Kinder or 1st grade. We also understand that new families who may have had a bilingual education experience in another school, district, or community may want to join us later on. For students interested in late entry, we require a language level assessment to determine a bilingual learner’s language proficiency. Please contact the office at your child’s school if you are interested in a late entry language level assessment. 

Participating Schools

Recognition and Achievements:

BEP Webpage Info Achievements
Seal of Biliteracy: 
The Oregon Seal of Biliteracy demonstrates that students are bilingual, biliterate, and have an understanding of diverse cultures relevant to language in which students are assessed. The Seal is intended to provide students the opportunity to validate their biliteracy skills for future employers, obtain college credit, and be exposed to a deeper understanding of diverse cultures around the world. 

The Oregon Department of Education has created a Seal of Biliteracy to recognize students that demonstrate high reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills in the target language, which students may obtain upon completing the qualifying assessment and requirements. The Seal and high school program participation will be awarded in accordance with the descriptions below. 

Oregon Seal of Biliteracy Requirements & Information

Contact Information

  • Melissa Carrillo-Field:
    • Bilingual Education Programs TOSA
      • Calapooia Middle School 
      • North Albany Middle School
      • South Albany High School