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In the Spanish Dual Language Program, students from different language backgrounds learn together while instruction is systematically delivered in two languages. Students read, write, listen and speak in both languages becoming bilingual, biliterate, bicultural while working towards grade level academic achievement. Dual language offers a chance for students to add another language while at the optimal age for language learning.

The Spanish Dual Language Program is ideal for any student. Young children have the ability to gain language faster with near native like language skills. And learning a language at a young age increases cognitive development, which allows for deeper levels of learning.

Students who join the program will see incredible benefits throughout their life. Knowing two languages allows for greater success in university language classes and employment opportunities. Additionally, language skills open the door to other countries, cultures and people.

It is our goal that each student in the Spanish Dual Language Program achieves the following:

Biliteracy: Students will be able to read and write at advanced levels in both English and Spanish.

Biculturalism: Students will develop positive cross-cultural attitudes to become competent global citizens.

Academic Achievement: Students will be able to achieve at or above grade level in academic subjects to be prepared for college and career.


The Spanish Dual Language Program is open to all Bellevue School District families. Students are not required to live within the attendance area for a school that offers the program. However, students who do live within a school’s attendance area are given priority enrollment.

Lake Hills

14310 SE 12th Street
Bellevue, WA 98007
(425) 456-5300

Sherwood Forest

16411 NE 24th Street
Bellevue, WA 98008
(425) 456-5700


14220 NE 8th Street
Bellevue, WA 98007
(425) 456-6000


15027 NE Bel/Red Road
Bellevue, WA 98007
(425) 456-6400

Sammamish High School

100 140th Ave SE
Bellevue, WA 98005
(425) 456-7600


Most students begin the Spanish Dual Language Program in Kindergarten. During the winter leading up to your student’s first day of Kindergarten, you must submit a Spanish Dual Language Application. The Spanish Dual Language entry level kindergarten application will be available from mid-December to mid-January. If you miss the Kindergarten application deadline, or you would like to join the waitlist for another grade, please submit a waitlist application.

Elementary School Model

Our elementary program follows a 80:20 model during the early grades (K-1) with students beginning with a large percentage of the day in Spanish. As students rise in grade level the amount of English instructional time progresses to where English instruction becomes half of a child’s day.

View the Elementary Program 80:20 Plan (PDF)

Middle School Model

Our middle school program offers four or more classes per day in Spanish to further develop a student’s proficiency in Spanish while providing practical application and use of language through content area instruction. Students must be enrolled in at least three courses in Spanish in order to remain in the Dual Language Program.

Grade Spanish Courses English Courses
6th Spanish Language Arts
Social Studies
Mariachi I
English Language Arts
7th Spanish Language Arts
Social Studies
Mariachi I
English Language Arts
8th Spanish Language Arts
Mariachi I
English Language Arts
Social Studies

High School Model

Our high school program offers two classes per day in Spanish to further develop a student’s proficiency in Spanish while providing practical application and use of language through content area instruction.

Grade Spanish Courses
9th Spanish Language Arts 9
Algebra I

Mandarin Dual Language

Jing Mei Elementary is a choice school that teaches Mandarin Chinese and English using dual language two-way immersion model. Two-way immersion means student enrollment in the classes is balanced between native Chinese speakers and students who speak other languages such as English, Spanish or Hindi. Learn more about the program by visiting the website.

The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.