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Developmental Dual Language

Developmental Dual Language (DDL) programs are designed for students receiving English Learner services to support students in emerging fully bilingual and biliterate in both English and their home language. Teachers support students in developing biliteracy by helping students find and understand connections between the languages. Minneapolis Public Schools offers DDL programs for grades K-5 in Spanish at several schools, and in Hmong for grades K-1 at Hmong International Academy.

Andersen United (Prek - 5th grade): For more information on the program at Andersen, please visit their website.

Green Central (PreK - 4th grade): For more information on the program at Green, please visit their website.

Jefferson Community School (Prek - 5th grade): For more information on the program at Jefferson, please visit their website.

Hmong International Academy (K - 1st grade): This program is offered to English Learners with the goal of students emerging fully bilingual and biliterate in both English and Hmong. The goals of the program are to maintain and expand the language resources that Hmong students bring with them from home setting, and to strengthen the students’ connection to their home culture and community. Initial core curriculum and reading and writing are taught in Hmong, with more English content added each year. For more information on the program at HIA, please visit their website.

Transitional Dual Language

Transitional Dual Language (TDL) programs are designed for English Learners whose home language is Spanish. The goal of the program is to strengthen students’ initial development of literacy through instruction in Spanish before students transition into an English-only program by third grade.

Nellie Stone Johnson Community School (K - 3rd grade): For more information on the program at NSJ, please visit their website.

Pillsbury Elementary (K - 3rd grade): In the TDL program at Pillsbury, students learn to read and write in Spanish as well as English. In kindergarten and first grade, reading and math instruction are entirely in Spanish. The amount of instruction in English increases as students grow older. In second grade, reading in English is introduced, though students still receive substantial reading instruction in Spanish. In third grade, the majority of instruction takes place in English. Spanish instruction takes place during reading block within small groups. For more information on the program at Pillsbury, please visit their website.