Chancellor Fariña Announces 38 New Bilingual Programs

  • Posted: Mon Apr 04, 2016 Updated: Fri Apr 20, 2018

38 Programs, Including 29 Dual Language Programs, to Open in September

NEW YORK – Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña today announced 38 new bilingual programs across the five boroughs for the 2016-17 school year, reflecting the DOE’s commitment to increasing multilingual programs across the City. The expansion includes 29 Dual Language and nine Transitional Bilingual Educational programs, which will be implemented across 36 schools and serve more than 1,200 students across the City. 

“The strength of New York City comes from our tremendous diversity. Not only do our students and families thrive through bilingual programs and by learning a new language and culture – the entire City does,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “These 38 programs build on last year’s Dual Language expansion that is increasing opportunity for students across the City. We’re giving students the tools they need to be successful, and that starts in the classroom with programs like these.” 

“As a former English Language Learner, I know that a strong education makes all the difference, and these new bilingual programs will give students the foundation to succeed in the classroom and beyond,” said Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. “Speaking multiple languages is a tremendous asset for students, families, schools and our entire City, and it is my goal to further expand these programs. Through their participation in these programs, students will learn new cultures and parents will be welcomed into classrooms in different ways.” 

The 38 new programs will receive a total of $980,000 – a $25,000 planning grant for implementing Dual Language programs, a $10,000 grant for implementing Transitional Bilingual Education programs, and $5,000 for each program to create classroom libraries in the target language. All funding comes from the federal Title III Language Instruction for English Language Learners (ELL) program to provide teachers and principals with quality resources, materials, and training and ensure schools are implementing rigorous bilingual education. Two schools are opening two different programs: PS 169 in Sunset Park is opening two Dual Language programs – in Spanish and Chinese – and will receive one $25,000 planning grant and $10,000 to create a library in each program. PS 151 in Bushwick is opening both a Dual Language and a Transitional Bilingual Education program in Spanish and will receive both planning grants and funds for a library in each program. 

Of the 38 new programs, 27 are in elementary schools, seven in middle schools, and four in high schools. Geographically, seven are in the Bronx, 21 in Brooklyn, seven in Queens, two in Manhattan, and one on Staten Island. The programs are in the following languages: Chinese, French, Haitian-Creole, Arabic, Polish, and Spanish. 

In Dual Language classes, 50% of students are ELLs and 50% are English-proficient students. Both groups of students receive instruction in English and a target language. In Transitional Bilingual Education programs, ELLs who speak a common home language receive instruction in that language with intensive support in English. Gradually, students receive more instruction in English and less in their home language, until they reach proficiency in both languages. Dual Language and Transitional Bilingual Education programs both offer a host of services for ELLs that help them acquire a new language while strengthening their native tongue, and the goal of both is to educate ELL and English-proficient students to become bilingual, biliterate, and bicultural. 

“We are expanding bilingual programs for English Language Learners and English-proficient students in the fall of 2016 to ensure students achieve equal educational opportunities. We want all students to reach their full potential,” said Milady Baez, Deputy Chancellor for the Division of English Language Learners and Student Support. “Students in bilingual programs have the opportunity to learn academic subjects in two languages, which will be a major asset in acquiring the jobs of the 21st century. These are empowering programs where students learn from an early age to respect and appreciate each other’s languages and cultures, and thus become global communicators.” 

Schools applied for the new programs through a comprehensive application detailing their program design, instructional and professional development plan, and family engagement component. Every school that applied met the criteria for opening a bilingual program. Schools were notified earlier this year and have begun planning of the new bilingual programming in their school. 

The Division of English Language Learners and Student Support (DELLSS) will support schools as they plan to open their programs this fall, and will offer ongoing professional development during the 2016-17 school year. Participating schools will also be able to visit and learn from the 15 Model Dual Language Programs announced in December. Today’s announcement was made at the High School for Dual Language and Asian Studies in Manhattan, a Model Dual Language Program. 

“We are incredibly excited to offer our first Dual Language Mandarin Chinese program in September 2016 for our kindergartners,” said Gregg Korrol, Principal of PS 101 in Brooklyn. “Research has shown that children who speak two languages excel in thought process and flexibility of mind. The more expansive your vocabulary is, the better equipped you are to communicate and receive communication from others. Knowing two languages will expand that window even more, and help prepare our youngsters for a more connected global world.” 

“The PS 103 community is excited to provide students with the opportunity to become bilingual and bicultural,” said Farid Reyes, Principal of PS 103 in the Bronx. “These innovative programs will build stronger foundations for our children in a very competitive and demanding world.” 

“PS 13 is proud to announce the opening of our Dual Language Kindergarten Program,” said Evelyn Velez, Principal of PS 13 in Queens. “The 21st century demands that our students become multilingual in order to meet the diverse needs of the job markets of tomorrow. We as educators are tasked with the responsibility to assure our youth have the tools and skills necessary to be college and career-ready.” 

“I am very excited to welcome the Dual Language program to Port Richmond High School,” said Timothy Gannon, Principal of Port Richmond High School on Staten Island. “The Dual Language program has provided many elementary and middle-school students on Staten Island the opportunity to develop the gift of fluency in two languages and we are excited to be their next educational experience. Our Community School programs will be greatly enhanced as we become the next leg of the journey for these students as they become global citizens in the 21st century. Dual Language students at Port Richmond High School will enhance our school community and positively impact all the communities of Staten Island.” 

“Shuang Wen School is very excited to be part of the Dual Language expansion,” said Iris Chiu, Principal of PS 184 Shuang Wen School in Manhattan. “Students’ cognitive development and social skills are positively impacted when they acquire more than one language. It has always been Shuang Wen School’s mission and commitment to cultivate and prepare our students to be bilingual and bicultural in an increasingly competitive global society.” 

“We are really excited to be recipients of this grant to open a Dual Language program in September,” said Fabayo McIntosh-Gordon, Principal of Brighter Choice Community School in Brooklyn. “The entire school community will benefit from students learning in both Spanish and English. Our goal is for our students to develop full oral and reading proficiency in both Spanish and English. Students will graduate being bilingual, biliterate, and bicultural. Research shows that Dual Language programs validate the cultural heritage of all students, and we are looking forward to students developing positive attitudes about students of other linguistic and cultural backgrounds, as well as positive attitudes towards themselves as learners.” 

“I applaud Chancellor Fariña for taking this important and critical step to provide thousands of New York’s students with Dual Language education programs,” said New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. “New Yorkers come from all over the world and speak dozens of languages, so expanding bilingual programs is vital for schoolchildren as they move forward in their education.” 

“These additional Dual Language programs will equip New York City students with the language skills they need in order to succeed in school and throughout their careers,” said New York City Council Education Committee Chair Daniel Dromm. “As Chair of the Education Committee, I will continue to support this worthy initiative so that all students are afforded the opportunity to become proficient in multiple languages.” 

“Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña’s announcement today is a welcome development in bilingual education in New York City,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. “The expansion of 38 bilingual programs across the five boroughs is an innovative approach that will contribute to the success of our children. Helping children to become bilingual or multilingual is helping them to be fully prepared for a global economy.” 

“We are a multilingual community – almost half of all households in Brooklyn speak a language other than English at home,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams. “I have always aspired to learn another language myself. As our students learn multiple languages in school, they will have the opportunity to expand their participation in our multilingual, multiethnic community and truly become global citizens with boundless potential." 

“We need all the resources we can get both to support English Language Learners in our schools and expand language education for all our students,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “In the 21st century, multilingualism and multiculturalism are keys that unlock countless doors for our children.” 

“I applaud this expansion of bilingual programs in City schools particularly in schools located in my district in Queens,” said U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens). “Speaking more than one language is a critical asset that provides students with tremendous benefits, and it prepares kids for success in life. I thank Chancellor Fariña for adding these additional programs, and look forward to more bilingual – and the dual language programs I’ve called for – being implemented in the future.” 

“For new American families, bilingual education is a key component to establishing a foundation for success in the classroom and beyond,” said Council Member Margaret Chin. “I thank Chancellor Fariña for recognizing the importance of bilingual and dual language programs, which have experienced a dramatic expansion on her watch in schools throughout my district and across the City.”

Last year, a total of $1 million was awarded to 40 schools to expand or create new Dual Language programs, and DELLSS plans to continue expanding bilingual programs each year. Additionally, the 15 new Model Dual Language Programs have each received $10,000 for multilingual instructional materials. The Model Dual Language Programs initiative serves to foster collaborative practices among Dual Language educators, elevate the quality of programs across the City and provide support and guidance to school staff interested in opening programs. Each school designated as a Model Dual Language Program hosts visits from other school leaders and staff to share best practices and strengthen other schools’ existing or prospective Dual Language programs. The 15 Model Dual Language Programs include elementary, middle and high schools in all five boroughs. 

The new bilingual programs are included in 2016-17 Enrollment Directories. Additionally, as part of the DOE’s commitment to engaging families – including our English Language Learners – there are borough-wide parent engagement workshops in May and June that focus on critical pathways for ELLs: Dual Language, Transitional Bilingual Education, and English as a New Language. 

Below is a list of schools with new bilingual programs:


PS 18 John Peter Zenger – Spanish DL 
PS 49 Willis Avenue – Spanish DL 
PS 103 Hector Fontanez – Spanish DL 
School for Environmental Citizenship – Spanish TBE 
PS 127 The Castle Hill School – Arabic TBE 
PS 134 George F. Bristow – Spanish TBE 
PS 196 Literacy and Arts Academy – Spanish TBE


PS 250 George H. Lindsay – Chinese DL 
PS 169 Sunset Park – Spanish and Chinese DL 
PS 101 The Verrazano – Chinese DL 
School for International Studies – French DL 
Brighter Choice Community School – Spanish DL 
PS 276 Louis Marshall – Haitian Creole DL 
PS 34 – Polish DL 
JHS 218 James Sinnott – Spanish DL 
PS 159 Isaac Pitkin – Spanish DL 
Sunset Park Avenues Elementary School – Spanish DL 
Performing Arts and Technology High School – Spanish TBE 
MS 113 Ronald Edmonds Learning Center – Spanish DL 
PS/IS 157 The Benjamin Franklin Health & Science Academy – Spanish DL 
PS 380 John Wayne – Spanish DL
School for Legal Studies – Spanish TBE 
PS 151 Lyndon B. Johnson – Spanish DL and TBE 
MS 61 – Haitian Creole TBE 
PS 315 – Spanish DL 
PS 506 The School of Journalism and Technology – Spanish DL


PS 184 Shuang Wen School – Chinese DL 
School for Global Leaders – Chinese DL


PS 13 Clement C. Moore – Spanish DL 
PS 20 John Bowne Elementary School – Chinese DL 
PS 95 Eastwood – Spanish DL 
PS 76 William Hallett – Spanish DL 
PS 112 Dutch Kills – Spanish DL 
IS 204 Oliver W. Holmes – Spanish DL 
PS 82 Hammond – Spanish TBE

Staten Island

Port Richmond High School – Spanish DL

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