Bilingualism in BVSD
Learn about bilingualism and dual language programming at BVSD.
BVSD’s CLDE Department is driven by the following core beliefs:
- Equity serves as the foundation for our work.
- Partnerships and trust between educators and families are critical to student success.
- It is critical for educators to understand and honor the language acquisition process and implement best instructional practices to ensure student success.
- All students bring a wealth of linguistic and cultural experiences that contribute to and support their learning in BVSD.
- Educators must build upon students’ assets to ensure their educational success.
- We believe all educators are teachers of language and impact the experience and success of emerging bilingual students.
- All students, educators, and families benefit from being part of a diverse learning community.
BVSD has invested in fostering linguistic diversity through robust dual-language programs that empower students to master multiple languages in their existing learning environments. One example of the program's success is the Aguirre Garcia family of Lafayette, Colorado whose native language is Spanish.
Last year, 594 of graduating BVSD seniors earned the seal of biliteracy, achieving proficiency in 11 different languages, some even earning the seal in multiple languages. Each year since the Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) has started awarding the Seal, there has been an increase in students who attain the achievement (even during the pandemic).
On December 13, the Boulder Valley School District Board of Education supported the community’s request to have a dual language middle school option added in the East County of BVSD. After several stakeholder input groups with teachers, students, and families in East county, BVSD is excited to share that a dual language strand will begin with 6th grade at Angevine Middle School in the fall of 2023.