Downtown Doral Charter Schools partake at panel on bilingualism

DORAL, FL – Last Tuesday, Downtown Doral Charter Schools’ Head of Schools Jeannette Acevedo-Isenberg spoke upon the importance and concrete benefits of bilingual education at a language learning panel co-hosted by Florida International University (FIU) and the New York Times.

The panel, led by the Consulate of Spain Miami, also included remarks from the Embassy of Spain Miami, IE University, FIU and the Ministry of Education Spain.

At Downtown Doral Charter Schools, students have the choice of three tracks: Spanish, French, or Portuguese. Within each track, there are two programs: the Bilingual Education Advancement Program and the Bilingual Education Studies Program.

All students are expected to become fully bilingual and bicultural by the time they graduate. Through courses and school-wide activities, students are immersed in the Spanish, French and Portuguese cultures, allowing them to develop biculturalism.

The Downtown Doral Charter Elementary School (DDCES) was formed through a unique partnership between Codina Partner’s Ana Codina-Barlick and the Miami-Dade School District. As the developer behind Downtown Doral, Codina-Barlick is the founding and current Chair of the DDCES School Board. With eight years in operation, DDCES is rated among Miami’s top charter and public elementary schools. The school’s success led to the creation of Downtown Doral Charter Upper School in 2019.

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