Shelton's Dual Language Program

Dual Language Program

Dual Language Program

Shelton School District’s Dual Language Program

Our Dual Language program, hosted at Evergreen Elementary, runs Kindergarten-Fourth grade. 

The program is a 50/50 language allocation model where students spend half their day in English and half their day in Spanish.
At most grade levels in the dual language program at Evergreen, students will engage in their different subject areas in the following languages:

Spanish English
Spanish Language Arts           English Language Arts
Math Social Studies
Science Specialists (Art, PE, Music, STEM, Library)

The goal of any dual language program is: 

  • Speaking, reading, writing, and understanding both languages at a high proficiency 
  • Accessing, understanding, and achieving grade level content standards 
  • Developing positive cross-cultural connections between each target language and a global mindset 

Our dual language classrooms boast bilingual libraries, with high interest texts in both English and Spanish to support language arts across the target languages at all grade levels. Each day students also participate in “word study” in each language helping them understand the similarities and differences between Spanish and English. 

Shelton’s dual language program has been a part of our educational offerings for many years, and will be for many years to come! 


Each spring during open enrollment, any student enrolling or currently attending in Shelton schools may fill out an enrollment request for the dual language program. Forty slots are available with each kindergarten cohort, and slots may open up in grades 1-4 due to attrition. Once students are accepted into the program, they retain the option to stay enrolled in the program until the completion of fourth grade. If there are more than 40 applicants, a lottery process will run in the spring for initial assignments. Those who remain on the waitlist will be contacted as slots open up. 

Please see the Open Enrollment page for more information on the process for applying for the dual language lottery. 

Success in Dual Language Programs

Many students can be successful in a dual language program, including English learners, students with IEPs, and English-speaking students, with the appropriate supports both at home and at school. 

Families opting into the dual language program should consider their language foundations. Research shows that a strong language foundation in one of the partner languages sets students up for success in a dual language program. 

Families are encouraged to continue to speak their home language at home with their children. Families should familiarize themselves with the differences expected of their child between dual language and traditional academic pathways so they can fully support their student both at home and at school. 

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NON-DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT: Shelton School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:

Title IX Coordinator: Tabitha Whiting, Executive Dir. of Human Resources; 700 S. First Street; Shelton, WA 98584; 360-426-1687; Email: [email protected]

Section 504/ADA Coordinator: Ivy Kardes, Director of Special Services; 700 S. First Street; Shelton, WA 98584; 360-426-2151; Email: [email protected]

Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator: Tabitha Whiting, Executive Dir. of Human Resources; 700 S. First Street; Shelton, WA 98584; 360-426-1687; Email: [email protected]

Gender Inclusive School Coordinator: Rich Squire, Safety and Security Manager; 700 S. 1st Street; Shelton, WA 98584; 360-426-6322; Email: [email protected]

You can report discrimination and discriminatory harassment to any school staff member or to the district's Civil Rights Coordinator, listed above. You also have the right to file a complaint.

For a copy of your district’s nondiscrimination policy and procedure, contact your school or district office or view Policy and Procedure 3210 online here: Policy & Procedure - Shelton School District

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