Dual Language Program
  • The Medford School District is excited to launch a dual language program at Jackson Elementary in 2019-2020 school year.

    What is a Dual Language Program? Dual language education is the best educational model to produce graduates who can not only speak in two languages but also read and write in both Spanish and English. Students will also have the opportunity to earn a Biliteracy Seal.


    Dual language programs prepare students to become college and career ready in two languages. Students will be equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to compete in our global society.


    Jackson Elementary School is excited to offer a kindergarten English-Spanish dual-language program starting in 2019-2020 that allows students to grow with the program as they progress through school. In kindergarten, 90% of the day is taught in Spanish and 10% in English. In each subsequent grade-level, the percentage of English increases by 10% until the fifth grade when students are instructed half their day in English and half in Spanish.

    Basic Info:

    Families must choose to be in the program. This is a long term commitment and students need the full support of their families to succeed. To be a part of this innovative program, it is not a requirement for parents/guardians to be bilingual.

    Learning both languages begins immediately. Each student in the program spends part of their day learning in their native language. It takes most people 5-7 years to become fully fluent in a second language. Dual language students learn the same grade level standards as their peers.

    Students are models for each other, in addition to the teacher. Children have a natural language-­learning capacity which allows them to easily pick up a new language through exploration and play.

    Upcoming Meetings. The following meetings will be held at Jackson Elementary. Child care for school-aged children will be provided. An interpreter will also be present. Please call Jackson Elementary at 541-842-3770 if you have any additional questions regarding these meetings.

    • March 18th 6:00-6:45pm (optional parent meeting)
      • Parents are encouraged to attend this informational meeting to find out more about the Dual Language program.
    • May 15th 5:00-6:30pm (required parent meeting)
      • This is a required meeting for parents of students who have been selected to attend the program.

    Who is Eligible? 

    The program is open to incoming kindergartners. Medford School District students have first priority. We are beginning with one class and may expand to a second kindergarten class depending on the number of interested families.

    How Do I Apply?

    Click the following link to view the Dual Language Program Application: DL Program Application

    Selection Process:

    Jackson students will have priority placement. They will make up 75% of the students in the classroom. Once those students are selected, 25% of the remaining spaces will be available to students who would normally attend other schools in the district.

    If we receive more applications than spaces available, we will hold a random lottery drawing to select the students. A wait list will be created for the remaining students. As openings occur, students from the waitlist will be placed in the order they were drawn.

    Questions? Email FederalPrograms@medford.k12.or.us or call 541-842-3633.