Welcome to DV'S Dual Language Program

  • Hola Dual LanguageBeginning in the fall of 2023-2024, DV launched its Dual Language program. Students coming from a Dual Language program are able to enroll and continue their studies in a Dual Language program. DV's program provides students with literacy and content in both English and Spanish. Students benefit both socially and cognitively; develop greater problem-solving abilities; and have more flexible thinking. 
    Students will become fully bilingual and reach a high level of proficiency in Spanish through this program at no cost. Together with the pairing of both English and Spanish classes, students will fulfill graduation requirements!
    The Dual Language Program at Desert Vista High School is for students with high academic achievement in all content areas. Goals for this program include bilingualism, biliteracy, multicultural awareness as well as global citizenship.

Transferable Bilingual Skills

    • Cognitive Load Management
    • Problem Solving
    • Sense Making
    • Creative Thinking
    • Adaptability
    • Social Intelligence

    (“Bilinguals: The Talented Workforce for the 21st Century.” Think Bilingual, May 24, 2017)

    The DV Dual Language Program follows a 70/30 model. 70% of instruction in English and 30% in Spanish. Students will take two classes in Spanish. A core and a weighted World Language course.


    • Improve performance on tasks that call for increased attention, divergent thinking, pattern recognition, memory,
      critical thinking, and problem-solving.
    • Improve the executive function of the brain.
    • Are better prepared for the global community and job markets where a second language is an asset.
    • Develop an appreciation and positive attitude toward other cultures.
    • Develop metalinguistic skills (linguistics representation + executive control).



  • Erica Encinas
    Dual Language Program Primary Contact



    Translate Language

    You can translate our entire website by selecting the "Translate Language" link above and then selecting your language in the drop-down box. 

    Puede traducir todo nuestro sitio web seleccionando el enlace "Traducir idioma" que se encuentra arriba y luego seleccionando su idioma en el cuadro desplegable.

    "One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way."  By Frank Smith