Dual Language

Dual Language Program

Dual Language  education programs integrate native English speaking students with native Spanish, Chinese, French (or other) 

speaking students for academic instruction which is presented in both languages.  Social and academic learning occurs 

in an enviroment that values the language and culture of all students and sets high standards to ultilmately achieve academic 

success in both languages.  Many school districts have created magnet schools around Dual Language programs because of 

the social benefits found in these classrooms.  Omaha Public Schools is one such district and RM Marrs Magnet is one of the schools in

that offers this program to 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade students.


Dual Language Program Beliefs

Administrators, teachers, and staff within the Dual Language Program of the Omaha Public Schools are dedicated to ensuring that 

each child acquire the skills and knowledge to succeed in a global society by working towards the following goals:

1. High Academic Achievement

2. Bilingualism

3. Biliteracy

4.Cross Cultural Abilities 


Program Highlights

Students are taught in English and Spanish.

Students develop all four language domains in both languages; speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

All students, K-12, study Spanish Language Arts.

Lessons are not repeated or translated.

Dual Language students are held to equal expectations in English and Spanish.

Strict language separation is maintained.


How do students enter the program?

Students can enter the program in Kindergarten by submitting an application and being selected through the lottery system.  

If a sibling is currently in the program, there is a great chance that the next child may selected for the program.


Students who are entering middle school can apply for entrance into the program provided slots are available and the student is orally proficient in Spanish.


Spanish speaking RM Marrs Magnet students who are in the newcomer ESL program will join the program.

International Spanish Academy

RM Marrs Magnet is part if the ISA network. The “International Spanish Academies” (ISA) are educational institutions in the U.S. and Canada, of recognized academic prestige, which follow an integrated curriculum of Spanish language and content. To be part of this network, our school has signed an agreement of collaboration with the Ministry of Education from Spain.

RM Marrs Teachers for the Dual Language Program

Ms. Kilnoski     Math
Mr. Testa          Math
Ms. O'Neil        English Language Arts
Ms. Forrest        Spanish Language Arts

Ms. Cervantes    Spanish Language Arts
Mr. B. Jones        English Language Arts
Ms. Reynoso        Spanish Social Studies
Mr. Fullenkamp   English Science

Ms.Cruz            Spanish Language Arts
Ms. Darling         English Language Arts and English Honors LA
Ms. Castillo         Spanish Science

Ms. Ribeiro-Bakar   Spanish Language Arts
Mr. DeSalvo             English Language Arts and English Honors LA
Mr. Lopez               Spanish Science and Spanish Physical Science