Developmental Bilingual Program
During the 1960s, the Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) program for language minority students was exclusively limited to English as a Second Language Instruction. As a result, the development of native language skills and transition to English was challenging for some students.
To meet changing educational needs, MPS established a developmental Bilingual Multicultural Education Program in 1969. This program has received Title VII federal funds presently known as Title III federal funds, as well as financial support from the Wisconsin Department of Education. The Developmental Bilingual Program is endorsed by the Milwaukee Board of School Directors.
The goal of the Developmental Bilingual Program is the development and maintenance of Spanish and English, bilingualism, biliteracy and cross cultural competence from elementary school to high school and to serve English language learners from Spanish speaking families.
Lincoln Avenue School takes pride in its developmental bilingual program. Our goal is that students enrolled in the developmental bilingual program leave our school by 5th grade reading, writing and speaking proficiently in Spanish AND English.
- Spanish MUST be the first or native language of the student.
- Spanish MUST be spoken at home.
- Students attempting to transfer to the bilingual program, MUST take Spanish proficiency test (please contact school to set-up appointment).