DLBE Details
Questions abound in regards to the DLBE program at MKES and why it differs so significantly from the other elementary offerings.

FAQ #1:  The other elementary schools offer the ENL (English as a New Language) program to their ELLs. Why can't MKES?
NY State requires that any school with 20 or more ELLs with a common home language (in our case, Spanish) in a grade level provide Bilingual Instruction to their ELL population. ENL instruction is not a Bilingual program. Because MKES has more than 20 Spanish-speaking ELLs in a grade level, state law requires that the BCSD provides the ELLs with Bilingual instruction for 40 minutes/day.

FAQ #2:  What is the difference between the ENL and Bilingual programs?
In a Bilingual program in the BCSD, Spanish-speaking ELLs learn to speak, understand, read, and write in English while continuing to learn academic content in their home language, Spanish. Learning academic content in Spanish helps ELLs progress academically in all content areas while they acquire English. In the ENL programs, students receive English instruction in either a pull-out or co-teach model (or a combination), but they do not receive academic content instruction in Spanish.

FAQ #3:  Why does the District offer the DLBE program at MKES instead of a Transitional Bilingual Education (TBE) program?
MKES provided a TBE program for their ELLs from 2010 until 2014. In a TBE program, ELLs are pulled out of their classrooms for their mandated Bilingual and English instruction. Unfortunately, there were multiple challenges with the TBE program at MKES:
  • Classroom schedules were continuously disrupted due to the pull-out system and instructional time was lost
  • Pull-outs could not be coordinated across grade-levels, and frequently more students were pulled out than remained in the classroom
  • Pull-outs increased a feeling of segregation among the students
The DLBE program was implemented in September 2014 to allow the school to provide the ELLs with their state-mandated Bilingual instruction while also providing an opportunity for native English speakers to enrich their learning with Spanish instruction.

Curious to learn more about DLBE?
Why do parents of native English speakers choose to participate in the DLBE program?  Goals of the DLBE Program
Why is the District proposing changes to the DLBE program?  DLBE Moving Forward
How is the current version of the DLBE program progressing?  DLBE Progress