We are thrilled to offer the dual language program at our school. Students at White Center Heights in grades K-5 can request enrollment in the Spanish or Vietnamese dual language programs, if space is available, or request enrollment in the English-only program.
Find out more about choosing a program at White Center Heights and how to complete the Language Preference form.
Fifth-grade students enrolled in dual language at White Center Heights will be automatically enrolled in the dual language program at Cascade Middle School for sixth grade. Dual language is also available in high school at Evergreen High School.
Students in our dual language program receive 50% of their instruction in English and 50% in Spanish or Vietnamese and are taught by qualified bilingual teachers. The program includes native speakers of English, Spanish, Vietnamese and many other languages. Students learn reading and writing in both languages, math in English, and science, social studies and health in Spanish or Vietnamese.
The goals of the dual language program are to help students:
- Become bilingual and biliterate, developing high levels of proficiency in two languages.
- Perform at or above grade level in academic areas in both languages.
- Demonstrate positive cross-cultural attitudes and behaviors.
There are three ways to enroll in an elementary dual language school. The process will vary depending on your neighborhood school. Each dual language school is also paired with a partner school that allows families to opt in or out of the dual language program. Visit the dual language enrollment page to learn more.
Somali Enrichment Program
White Center Heights Elementary School will launch a Somali Language Enrichment Program in kindergarten starting in the 2023-24 school year.
Kindergarten students not enrolled in the Spanish or Vietnamese dual language program will receive 30 minutes of Somali language learning during the school day. For the remainder of the school day, students will have English instruction.