November 29, 2017 – The Bakersfield City School District (BCSD) Department of English Language Learners held an information meeting at Sierra Middle School on November 9. The purpose was to obtain feedback from parents on the expansion of the Dual Language Immersion Program within BCSD.
“We want to know how many parents are interested in having their children participate in the Dual Language Immersion Program. Our intention is to give more students the opportunity to learn two languages, English and Spanish, “said Beatrice Castilleja Gray, Director of the BCSD English Language Learners (ELL) Department.
“This is fantastic” Said Enrique Salazar Jr. “My children do not speak Spanish, only English. I was interested in coming to this meeting because I feel that my children would benefit if they spoke two languages in the future. It’s going to be a big advantage.”
Currently, only Voorhies Elementary School and Stiern Middle School have the Dual Language Immersion Program. BCSD is working with the Kern High School District in an effort to continue the program to that educational level.
“The Dual Language Immersion Program will ensure that we have students who are fully bilingual by speaking, understanding, reading and writing at an academic level,” said Gray. “The 21st century requires more prepared people and mastering more than one language helps you find more opportunities.”
Parents are invited to the next informational meeting on December 14, 2017 at Sequoia Middle School 4:30-6:00 p.m. Please RSVP by calling the ELL Department at (661) 631-3221.