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Dual Language Immersion Program

Seal of Biliteracy
STAMP Assessment Nov 29th, 2017

Bilingual students in Oregon City School District have an exciting opportunity to be recognized for the language skills they have acquired with the opportunity to earn the Oregon Seal of Biliteracy.

In Oregon City School District, we use the STAMP language proficiency assessment and the AP Spanish language assessment to identify students who have reached high levels of proficiency in a world language other than English. The STAMP assessment is available for the following languages: Arabic, English, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian, and Spanish. The test takes approximately 2 ½-3 hours to complete and students will be assessed in reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

We will be offering the STAMP language proficiency assessment at Oregon City High School on November 29th, 2017 from 12:00p-3:00p.

To register for this assessment, go here:

Please submit this form by Wednesday November 8th, 2017. We will only be able to accommodate the first 25 entries at this time. Priority will be given to seniors graduating this year (2018). We will be offering the STAMP assessment again in March for students unable to take it on this date. For more information on the STAMP assessment, or to take a practice test, go here https://avantassessment.com/stamp4s/.

*Seniors graduating in 2018 will need to need to take the AP Spanish Language Test or the Standards Based Measurement of Proficiency (STAMP) assessment before May 10, 2018 to be eligible to receive the State Seal of Biliteracy. For more information please contact Beth Fraze at 503-785-8035 x2836 or by email at bethany.fraze@orecity.k12.or.us.

Spanish Dual Immersion Program

The Oregon City School District Dual Language Immersion Program for grades K-8 is housed at Jennings Lodge (K-2), Candy Lane (3-5), and Gardiner Middle School (6-8). The program begins in Kindergarten. Students are accepted into the first grade classes on a limited basis and only when space is available.

Application Form [English and Spanish]

In the Dual Language Immersion program, students receive equal amounts of instruction in both languages to achieve high levels of proficiency in both English and Spanish. Students learn to speak, read, and write in both Spanish and English. Initially all students learn to read and write in Spanish. English literacy is gradually implemented in 1st grade. By 2nd grade, literacy instruction continues in both languages equally.

In order to achieve proficiency in the second language, families are encouraged to make a commitment to remain in the program through 5th grade. If a parent removes their child from the program, the child cannot re-enter the program at a later date.

Student success depends upon family commitment to the program. A minimum of 95% attendance is a critical component for your child’s success. Students with less than 95% attendance may be asked to exit the program. Families are encouraged to volunteer at school or do projects at home. In addition, families are expected to seek out experiences in their second language such as reading, watching movies, cultural events, etc.

The Dual Language program is open to anyone living within the Oregon City School District as well as outside of OCSD. If you do not live in the Jennings Lodge/Candy Lane attendance area and would like your child to attend kindergarten in Fall 2015, you must first complete an online Open Enrollment form by April 1, 2018. There are 84 spots available; if there are more applicants than open spots, a lottery will determine admission. Families will be notified of admission by mid-April.