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Dual Language

Dual Language Program
Dual Language Program

Valle Vista Elementary School provides a 50/50 Two-Way Immersion Dual Language Program model to almost two-thirds of the student population Kindergarten through 5th Grade and a multilingual NMPreK class.  The school is in its 21st year of program implementation and is located in Albuquerque’s South Valley hidden amongst cottonwood trees near the Rio Grande and bosque. 

The school, as part of a Community School Initiative, has over 40 community partners who provide resources for families and out-of-school time opportunities for students, which include: Guitar Lessons, Ballet Folklorico, Sevillanas dance, Art and STEM clubs, as well as academic tutoring, fitness club and soccer.

Valle Vista is in the 4th year of a school-wide implementation of Guided Language Acquisition Design as a framework for ELD (English Language Development) and SLD (Spanish Language Development) curriculum and instruction. An Understanding by Design approach to standards-based planning is used to integrate instruction for both language and content.  Second language acquisition data trends at Valle Vista are that as students progress in grade levels, their language proficiency increases overall in both English and Spanish.  2018 ACCESS scores show that 52.6% of 5th graders scored a level 4 “Expanding” overall, and 5.3% of 5th graders reached an exiting level of 5 “Bridging” overall. District graduation data (data class of 2016) shows that 80% of English Learners, who attended Valle Vista in 5th grade, graduated on time.  2018 Spanish LAS Links data shows that 22% of Dual Language students K-5 scored “Intermediate” overall and 10% of students K-5 scored “Proficient” or above.

The mission of the school is, “to teach, to learn, to succeed, with respect and creativity; enseñar, aprender, tener éxito, con respeto y creatividad.”  This is most exemplified in the collaborative nature of teaching and learning that occurs between students, teachers and families.