Bilingual Education


K-2 Dual Language Program

EMHCS provides students with a 50/50 instructional model for these grade levels. Students will receive all their content classes one day in Spanish and the next day in English. Additionally, students receive Spanish instruction on their Spanish Language Arts Class (SLA) which mirrors the English Language Arts class, curriculum, and structure(ELA).

For K-2 EMHCS adopted the bilingual curriculum Wonders and Maravillas which mirror the content facilitating the transition and acquisition between the two languages.

Spanish Language Arts Grades 3-6

Students are instructed through a rigorous curriculum develop by our own faculty under the supervision and advise of the bilingual coach, bilingual coordinator and in collaboration with the Regional Bilingual Educational Resource Network (RBERN). The curriculum mirrors the New York State modules and follows all the state requirements for bilingual education.

Spanish Language Arts Grades 7-12

Students are instructed in a rigorous curriculum developed in collaboration and adapted from RBERN. This is a state-approved curriculum whose focus is literacy and advance the development of reading, writing, listening and speaking. The courses are centered on reading and discussing authentic pieces of literature from all genres of the language. This path provides students with opportunities to further develop their skills to complete their NYS Seal of Biliteracy project.

World Languages Spanish 7-12

This is a special track for those students more than 2-grade levels behind in Spanish language or students that come from the school district where they never received language instruction. While students receive instruction in all four modalities this track is center more on vocabulary and grammar building in addition to basic reading, listening speaking and writing.  Students on this track need to complete the mandated NYS checkpoints A, B, C with mastery 85% or higher to be able to be eligible for the NYS Seal of Biliteracy.


English as a New Language

English as a New Language (ENL) used to be named English as a Second Language (ESL). Instruction in this program emphasizes English language acquisition.

In an ENL program, language arts and content-area instruction are taught in English using specific ENL instructional strategies. Some content area classes are Integrated ENL classes.  Students receive core content area and English language development instruction, including the use of the home/primary language as support and appropriate ELL instructional supports to enrich comprehension.

Integrated ENL classes are taught by certified ENL teachers. In addition, students may receive instruction in a Stand Alone format.  In a Stand-alone ENL class, students receive English language development instruction taught by an NYS-certified teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in order to acquire the English language needed for success in core content areas. Our School follows the Unit requirements on CR Part 154 K-12.

New York State Seal Of Biliteracy


The New York State Seal of Biliteracy is an award given by the school in recognition of students who attained proficiency in two or more world languages by high school graduation one of which must be English.

The purpose of the seal is to recognize high school graduates who have attained high levels of proficiency in all four modalities of language (Speaking, Listening, reading, Writing) in more than one language in addition to English.

The New York State Seal of Biliteracy honors the skills our students attain and can be evidence of the skills that are attractive to future employers and colleges.

As a parent, the only thing more amazing than watching your child progress from speaking single words to full sentences is watching your child do it in two languages.

Using research-based practices, EMHCS immerse students in a rich and authentic linguistic environment, fostering the development of bilingualism and biliteracy for ALL students. This constitutes huge benefits and gains for all types of students/ families; Spanish families looking for a balanced growth in both languages; bilingual families seeking to preserve and enhance their Spanish culture, language, and heritage and English speaking families wishing for their child to gain outstanding linguistic, cognitive and cultural benefits of this bilingual biliteracy environment.

Our strong belief in language learning requires us to offer Spanish Language K-12.  EMHCS sees Spanish as one of our core subjects, requiring ALL students to take Spanish from K-12.

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Leslie Rivera
Director of Bilingual Education
& Community Relations

Being bilingual has several benefits, such as: 

  • Positive effects on the brain: speaking a second language can mean that you have a better attention span and can multitask better

  • Educational advantages: those who speak a second language are more likely to be less distracted and more focused on tasks

  • Economic edge: additional languages on a resume could have an application moved to the top of the pile and give the applicant a better chance at getting the job, even if he/she isn’t as qualified as another monolingual applicant

  • Health benefits: bilingualism can delay the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease

  • Open-minded outlook: you see the world in different ways

  • At home in the world: Being able to communicate with the locals and immerse yourself in the language and culture can make your travel experience so much more enjoyable

  • Social adeptness: more opportunities to meet new people, and enjoy different hobbies and activities

  • “One language sets you on the corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.” –Frank Smith

Bilingual Education at Eugenio María de Hostos Charter School

  • Elementary School (K-6): 

    • K-2 Dual Language Program

    • 3-6 Spanish Language Classes (World Language Spanish for new language learners & Spanish Language Arts for native speaker)

    • Pathway Certificates to NYS Seal of Biliteracy at Kinder, third and sixth. 

  • Middle School (7-8)

    • 7-8 Spanish Language Classes (World Language Spanish for new language learners & Spanish Language Arts for native speaker)

    • Pathway Certificates to NYS Seal of Biliteracy at 8th grade 

  • High School (9-12)

    • 9-12 Spanish Language Classes (World Language Spanish for new language learners & Spanish Language Arts for native speaker)

    • NYS Seal of Biliteracy designation at graduation