About our program
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The Omaha Catholic School Consortium Dual Language Academy is the first and only of its kind in Omaha providing a dual language education to children as young as 3 years old.
Our school brings together native English speakers and native Spanish speakers so they may learn, grow and worship together, serving as models for one another.
Your student will be empowered to reach his or her fullest potential through quality academic and social experiences, all within a diverse and loving environment. Ours is an excellent Catholic education culminating in the call to serve God and others.
We are focused on helping students become bilingual and biliterate learners.
Our curriculum promotes academic achievement, giving students an advantage among their peers.
Designed to increase sociocultural competence and cross-cultural understanding.
Faith isn't just a part of our curriculum, it is the reason for our existence and the foundation for everything we do and say.
At the Archdiocese of Omaha, we believe that all families who want to provide their children with a Catholic education should have the opportunity. Scholarships and other tuition assistance is available in many forms including from a number of private and parish-based programs. All students pay at least a portion of their tuition. In the 2023-2024 school year, Omaha Catholic School Consortium families have received more than $1 million in financial aid and scholarships. There is a place for you here!Learn More
Frequently Asked Questions
Students develop full oral, reading and writing proficiency in two languages.
Students are not only able to read and write at grade level in two languages, but to eventually perform higher on standardized tests in the areas of Reading, Math and English.
Students develop very positive attitudes about other languages and cultures, making friendships that cross ethnic boundaries.
In general, these advantages are the same for both English and Spanish speakers, but research shows that a two-way immersion model helps English language learners become more confident and proficient.
Long-term studies of the academic achievement of students in dual language programs showed that overall, both native English and English language learners scored at or well above grade level in both languages by middle school. And, both groups performed at comparable or superior levels compared to same-language peers in other educational settings. English language learners who had learned English in a dual language program scored significantly higher than ELL peers who had studied in other kinds of programs and also performed on par with native English students in English-only classrooms.
Native English speakers tend to perform at grade level in their first language once they have received formal reading instruction through that language, and their achievement is at grade level in the second language typically by 5th grade. For English language learners, scores are usually in the average range in their first language by second grade, but as a group they do not achieve at grade level in English until middle school. For the 2021-2022 school year, the Dual Language Academy will move into its new location and begin to offer preschool through third grade classrooms. Each year an additional grade level is added and the school will continue through eighth grade as do all Consortium schools, but with a dual language focus. A majority of Consortium students graduate and transition to a local Catholic high school.
Preschool 90% Spanish 10% English
Pre K 90% Spanish 10% English
Kindergarten 90% Spanish 10% English
1st Grade 80% Spanish 20% English
2nd Grade 70% Spanish 30% English
3rd Grade 60% Spanish 40 % English (beginning 2021-2022)
4th Grade 50% Spanish 50% English
5th Grade 50% Spanish 50% English
Grades 6-8-Content area specific with continued Spanish Literacy
The research we’ve seen that compares the achievement of students in 90/10 and 50/50 models found that by grades 7-8, English language learners AND native English speaking students scored similarly to their peers of the same language and economic background on achievement tests in English. When achievement was measured in Spanish, students in 90/10 programs scored higher than students in 50/50 programs. The more instructional time spent in Spanish positively affects all student achievement.
There is no particular type of student that fails to flourish in dual language programs.
Research does show, however, that the most successful students enjoy learning new things and also have parents who strongly support the program.
Learning two languages can be challenging at times, but the most successful students and families fully embrace the goal and philosophy of dual language education.
The foundation of our Catholic faith makes our program unique and special; we make Christ the center of our day. Additionally, given the importance of an early childhood education, we made the decision to begin with our preschool and prekindergarten programs, where they begin in kindergarten. Starting the language immersion earlier increases a child’s overall academic growth.
As collaborative members of our archdiocesan schools, we endeavor to make all schools better. Should other schools want to learn more about the program, we would be happy to share our best practices with them. Students from the entire metro area are welcome to attend our schools.
We selected an incremental approach that will enable us to focus our time and resources to ensure the greatest student success—strong language acquisition, bicultural education and a foundation of faith. Our plan begins with preschool, preK, and kindergarten and includes the addition of one grade level each year until we have a full Preschool-8th grade program.
Communicating in two languages is the way we do business! Parents can ask questions of the teacher or their student(s) about any projects using the native language spoken at home. Parents do not need to speak both languages in order for their child to be successful, although we hope you will want to learn a new language as well!
Teachers send weekly digital communications in both languages so parents may compare the communications to a second language. All school communications are bilingual and parents are welcome to call the school at any time and speak with the school secretary who is bilingual. If you’d like to inquire about more ways our school can help boost your own skills, please contact the school for recommended resources.
Two-Way Immersion Network for Catholic Schools
The Dual Language Academy curriculum is based on Boston College’s Two-Way Immersion Network for Catholic Schools.
According to TWIN-CS, “This initiative, grounded in research and leadership by Boston College faculty and other university researchers from around the country, supports schools in the implementation and assessment of dual-language immersion models in Catholic school classrooms around the United States. The TWIN-CS network is composed of principals, teachers, field mentors, parents, board members, and other leaders from Catholic schools across the country.”
The Dual Language is one of 15 schools across the country participating in the program.