The University of Notre Dame has secured a generous grant to help our school grow a Dual Language Immersion (DLI) program. This program will not replace our existing Preschool through 8th grade classrooms. Instead, it will mean adding a dual language classroom, one year at a time, beginning with a PK-4 dual language class next year. Over the course of the next decade, we will grow into 2 classrooms per grade, one a traditional English class and the other a dual language Spanish immersion class.
We are grateful to the University of Notre Dame and the Archdiocese of Chicago for entrusting our school with this unique and exciting opportunity. We will work in close collaboration with faculty and staff from the University of Notre Dame to ensure the success of this program for years to come.
The Dual Language Immersion (DLI) program is a form of bilingual education in which students are taught literacy and academic content in Spanish and English. It offers a unique opportunity for students to excel academically and learn a second language. Our DLI program will foster:
One grade level will be introduced per year beginning with Preschool (4-year-old) during the 2024-2025 school year.
St. Cletus School will still offer a traditional track, where students are taught all core subjects in English. For students in the traditional track, they will receive instruction in Spanish only during their weekly Spanish class. Specials classes (Gym, Music, Art and Technology) for both DLI and traditional students will be in English.
Please contact our Dual Language Immersion Coordinator, Frank Ochoa, at email@example.com or the school office at 708.352.4820 with any questions.