The Dual Language Academy of the Monterey Peninsula is a Two-Way Bilingual Immersion (TWBI) program. In our TWBI program, students develop dual language proficiency by receiving instruction in both English and Spanish in a linguistically balanced classroom that is usually comprised of half native Spanish speakers and half English Speakers.
Two-way programs provide both sets of students with ample exposure to the two languages, one language at a time, allowing them to progress and attain academic excellence in both languages while gaining an appreciation for another culture and developing mastery of grade-level content standards.
Program participants and their families are expected to make a minimum commitment of six years (Kindergarten through 5th grade) to fully benefit from the Two-Way Bilingual Immersion model.
The Dual Language Academy of the Monterey Peninsula will prepare students to meet the challenges of an interdependent world community by providing a bilingual and multicultural learning environment that enables participants to communicate in another language, master all curricular subjects, and develop intercultural understanding and respect.
The Dual Language Academy of the Monterey Peninsula will work to be nationally recognized as a model for academic excellence which promotes high academic achievement in two languages and develops cross-cultural awareness for students. The Dual Language Academy will nurture a vibrant K-8 learning community in which students from diverse backgrounds speak, read, and write in both Spanish and English and thrive on collaboration among students, staff, parents and the wider community. Committed to continual improvement, The Dual Language Academy will prepare students with exceptional language skills and an expanded worldview, both of which can offer greater opportunities in secondary and higher education, the work world, and their everyday lives.
The United States of America has always been a multilingual and multicultural nation and mastery of two or more languages has significant benefits to its individuals, families, and communities. Mastery of languages should be developed in an additive language program where all students learn a second language while enhancing – not sacrificing – their first language.
As MPUSD works to have career-ready graduates, attaining bilingualism and biliteracy allows students to be adequately prepared for the growing need of a bilingual/biliterate workforce in Monterey County and beyond.
The Dual Language Academy of the Monterey Peninsula adopts the following goals to achieve its mission: