Benteen Elementary believes that language is critical to the success of all students and for all
students to access new knowledge. The school believes that biliterate students can engage in
different experiences mentally, socially, and academically. Benteen Elementary also believes
that Language is the means to communicate with others through speaking, reading, & writing.
These areas of communication play a vital part in the language that we develop and of the
language that we teach. Thus, standing behind our beliefs in Language, Benteen Elementary
has become a Dual Language Immersion (DLI) school. The school currently offers the DLI
Program in grades Pre-K through Second. Each corresponding year, a grade level will be added
until fifth grade.
Dual Language Immersion (DLI) allows each student to experience different aspects of the
Latino culture regardless of their background. This is because DLI provides students with a
platform where they can be successful in either English or Spanish. 32% of Benteen’s
population consists of students that have a Hispanic background.
In addition, Benteen also provides an English Speaker of Other Languages Program (ESOL).
Currently, Benteen Elementary has 68 students who have qualified for the program support. The
ESOL program affords non-native English speaking students a program of English instruction.
Instruction is content-based and it supports the students’ cultural adjustments in an effort for
ELLs to become fully proficient in English and meet academic achievements.
The Language Policy at Benteen Elementary is designed to provide additional support
and guidelines for the implementation of language instruction and acquisition of
language for our students. The Language Policy is for all students that attend Benteen
Elementary. This policy should align with all local, state, and federal regulations and the
philosophy of International Baccalaureate. This language policy was created by the
Pedagogical Leadership Team at Benteen Elementary with input from parents,
community, and staff. This policy will be reviewed every year to ensure continuous
Benteen Elementary students in Kindergarten, first, and second grades will participate
in a two-way Dual Language Immersion program. The two-way DLI program will allow
students to spend a half-day learning Mathematics and Science in Spanish. Reading
and Social Studies will be taught in English. Students will also have the opportunity to
engage in Spanish literacy within the Spanish immersion class daily. Students alternate
their homerooms to complete the remaining of their day in the opposite subject areas in
both Spanish and English.
Benteen believes that language is shown, expressed, and understood through