A DC Bilingual education prepares students to be leaders, to earn respect, to act responsibly, and do their best. Through rigorous bilingual academic content, structured yet nurturing classroom environments, and a wide range of after-school and extracurricular programs, DC Bilingual is creating well-rounded global leaders who will impact the world for decades to come.
In addition to effective classroom instruction, DC Bilingual offers:
Diverse Learning Opportunities
- Arts and Athletics
- Physical Education
- Multi-faceted Library Program
- Outdoor Classroom and Garden
Comprehensive Student Support
- Special Education and Student Support Services
- Award-winning Food and Wellness Program
- Student Counseling
- Character Education
- Before and After School Program and Clubs
- Global LEADers Program featuring national and international travel
Continued Bilingual Education
Diverse Learning Opportunities
DC Bilingual nurtures and develops well-rounded students by infusing art and music activities into the school day. Students participate in weekly art, and music classes.
Students also participate in the school’s choir and newly formed marching band. Students showcase their work and celebrate their accomplishments at the school’s fall and spring concerts.
DC Bilingual’s Physical Education program motivates students to be physically active and healthy for a lifetime and to recognize that physical activity impacts their learning success and overall health and wellness. Students explore and experience physical skills, sportsmanship, and leadership skills. Students participate in PE and/or Dance weekly and enjoy a thirty-minute recess daily. Our program is guided by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) and the District of Columbia K-12 Physical Education Standards.
Beyond the school day, students join organized sports programs. Grades K-2 participate in soccer club, where they learn the foundational skills of the game, and students in grades 3-5 participate in competitive soccer through the DC Stoddard program. A basketball league is also available to students in the upper grades. We will soon add volleyball and flag football.
DC Bilingual prepares students for the technologically advancing world with classes in typing, digital research, internet safety, word processing and multimedia presentations. Students receive developmentally appropriate opportunities to use technology to enhance learning and develop skills necessary for higher education and beyond. All Pre-K-3 classrooms have an iPad center, fourth grade classes have a Chromebook center, and fifth grade students are part of a 1:1 Chromebook initiative.
One of the ways DC Bilingual PCS is committed to Literacy Education is by having an in-house Library. Students, teachers, staff and families have access to hundreds of books in a safe, and convenient way. Currently, the Library has the following functions:
A Lending Library
Students, parents, teachers and staff are encouraged to borrow books from the Library free of charge. The Library’s collection includes elementary level fiction and nonfiction in both English and Spanish. Library service hours are set to allow visitors to check books in and out before and after the school day.
A Teaching Library
Every student from PK3 to 5th grade visits the Library for lessons and story time. Library lessons include the teaching of library skills while fostering the love of stories and supporting the educational themes addressed in the regular classroom.
Setting up partnerships and collaborating with our surrounding neighbors is an important part of the Library’s mission. The Library has built strong relationships with different institutions in our school neighborhood in order to expand the resources and opportunities available to our school.
Some of our library partners include the Washington Animal Rescue League (WARL), Open Book Foundation, PBS, and DC Public Libraries.
DC Bilingual has a beautiful and spacious outdoor classroom and garden featuring a koi pond, small climbing wall, and variety of plants. This learning space provides opportunities for children to learn to care for plants and animals and to study patterns in nature, seasonal changes, and environmental stewardship.
Comprehensive Student Support
DC Bilingual creates every opportunity for students with special needs to have full access to our educational program, be active members of the DCB community and gain the foundation to be lifelong learners. We value the diversity of our students and each makes a special contribution to our school community and culture. Students receive specialized instruction, related services, needed accommodations and benefit from strong teacher collaboration.
Proper nutrition positions students for learning and full participation in school and life. DC Bilingual provides our students and staff with homemade meals prepared with local produce, a variety of whole grains, legumes, and lean proteins. Our menus are rich in fiber and low in fat, sugar, and sodium. DC Bilingual also provides nutrition education workshops and classes to parents, staff, and students. DCB recognizes that children are more likely to grow up having healthy eating habits if their experience with proper nutrition starts early in their life.
Many students face social and emotional challenges that can present obstacles to high academic achievement. DCB’s in-house counseling and therapeutic services team is lead by, Licensed Professional Counselor, LaNail Plummer, and includes skilled clinicians that work daily to ensure students are well equipped to get the most of their classroom experience. Our counselors use cognitive, attachment, and solution-based models, and facilitate specific counseling groups for transitional changes students encounter such as the addition of a new sibling, parental divorce, or the reunification of a family.
The Character Education program instills and enhances character development skills that students need to successfully navigate their worlds. The DCB character education program promotes competence in emotional intelligence, social justice, and collaborative practices. Students learn assertiveness, compassion, empathy, self-awareness, communication skills, advocacy, and much more.
Additionally, teachers participate in related professional development to strengthen their teaching practices and approaches to incorporate mindfulness skills, race and equity awareness, and skills to teach skillful communication.
DCB supports all staff to become highly qualified and effective; all teachers have at least two coaches who support them in their lesson planning and instruction of all subjects. DCB instructional coaches provide daily classroom observations, weekly coaching conversations, weekly lesson planning support, and Friday professional development opportunities to all staff members. These coaching practices allow teachers to continually work to improve their lesson design and delivery skills in order to provide the best instruction possible to our students.
DC Bilingual staff provide after school clubs that include Girls on the Run, soccer, basketball, theater, cooking, and more. We partner with Springboard to provide before-school (7:00-8:00am) and after-school care (4:00-6:00pm Monday-Thursday and 1-6pm Friday) to families interested in these services. For more information, please visit the Springboard website.
The Global LEADers program awards our 5th grade class with a one-week excursion to Puerto Rico. In preparation for the trip, 5th grade students conduct multiple fundraisers and learn fundamental business acumen through the creation and/or sale of products to contribute to the cost of the trip. In Puerto Rico, our students:
- Experience Spanish language immersion in an authentic cultural setting by sharing cultural values with their peers at a school in Puerto Rico
- Visit important historical landmarks such as Hacienda Buena Vista, El Morro Fortress in Old San Juan, and La Cruceta
- Explore natural wonders such as the Phosphorescent Bay, El Yunque National Rainforest, Las Cavernas del Rio Camuy, and the radio telescope at the Arecibo Observatory
- Participate in cultural activities which illustrate aspects of Puerto Rican life such as dance, theatre, storytelling, arts, food, and the architecture of San Juan and Ponce
- Meet political figures and local cultural experts to learn the history of the island
This experience creates lifelong memories, expands horizons, and reinforces the connection between academic achievement and the possibilities that exist in the world outside our students’ neighborhoods.
To support the 2015-2016 class of Global LEADers, donate here.
Continued Bilingual Education
DC International School (DCI) is a cooperative, collaborative Middle and High School that enables language immersion students to continue their bilingual educational journey. DCB is one of the schools in the District of Columbia serving the highest proportion of English Language Learner students, primarily from Hispanic/Latino families. DCB, as part of a bilingual consortium, believes strongly in the educational model and shared belief that language and cultural learning do not end in primary school and global citizenship is a lifelong experience.
All students who attend DCB automatically secure a place at DCI. For more information about DC International, please visit: http://dcinternationalschool.org/