Students in the SCSD Dual Language Bilingual Program will be bilingual, biliterate and multicultural. Students will demonstrate high academic achievement that prepares them to compete and be successful in a global society.
The Syracuse City School District (SCSD) bilingual program is designed to meet the needs of students regardless of the English language proficiency level they demonstrate upon entering the Syracuse City School District. Title III, of the No Child Left Behind ACT (NCLB), requires that “children who are limited English proficient attain English proficiency, develop high levels of academic attainment in English, and meet the same challenging academic content and student academic achievement standards as all children are expected to meet”. Bilingual programming is offered in the Syracuse City School District because research has proven that native language literacy promotes second language acquisition and the academic achievement of English language learners is significantly improved when students are able to use their native language to learn in school. Bilingual programs retain a student’s native language and culture, which serves as a foundation for their English language acquisition and academic development.
The SCSD has implemented a dual language bilingual model at two elementary schools as dual language programs are a well-researched effective approach for promoting biliteracy, bilingualism and multiculturalism for students. The underlying goal of the SCSD dual language bilingual model is to provide native speakers and English only speakers the opportunity to learn two languages while maintaining high academic standards.