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Dual Language Immersion

Language Immersion


“Monolingualism Can Be Cured.”

The Department of Spanish Dual Language Immersion

A K-12 Overview

Through the learning of language we build on and affirm cultural, linguistic, intellectual and personal identities.  Knowledge of several languages empowers individuals by opening economic and social opportunities.  It promotes tolerance and diversity as well as solidarity within our global community. Language learning allows us to bridge cultural barriers and promote ways of interpreting our diverse world while stimulating intellectual curiosity. Furthermore, our work at the elementary level is to help students build literacy skills in two languages. We want our students to be college, career and world-ready! 

Herricks Public Schools is the only New York State public school district to have a fully articulated K-12 Spanish dual language program.  

Program Recognition

  • New York State Education Department Office of Bilingual Education & World Languages' newsletter - August 2015
  • New York State Education Department Office of Bilingual Education & World Languages' newsletter - January 2022
  • Newsday on December 05, 2021 - click HERE to read the article 
  • Spotlight on Long Island Schools radio show - click HERE to listen.
  • New York State School Boards Association with the Champions of Change Award
    • Video message (click HERE) is from the New York State Associate Commissioner from the Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages congratulating the district on its award.
    • The New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) featured the program on their website - click HERE.

It takes a community to build a program of excellence!

Contact Information

Francesco Fratto
Director of World Languages and English as a New Language
516 305-8719

Email Mr. Fratto

Program Overview

Registration Process:

The 2023-2024 Dual Language Spanish Immersion cohort of kindergarten students is at capacity. If spots become available, at any grade level, there are opportunities for families to enroll their child into the program. It is important to note that a student must demonstrate a certain level of proficiency in the Spanish language to enter a certain grade level. If interested, please contact the director for more information and specifics before a child is permitted to enter the program to ensure success.

2024-2025 School Year: For those district residents that have an incoming kindergarten student in September of 2024 and are interested in exploring the dual language Spanish immersion program, please contact Mr. Fratto.

If you have any questions about our program, please contact one of the following administrators. Please explore the files below to learn more about our unique program.

Mr. Dominick Tolipano
Principal, Denton Avenue    

Mr. Brian McConaghy
Principal, Herricks Middle School           
Ms. Joan Keegan
Principal, Herricks High School 
Phone: 516-305-8400 Phone: 516-305-8600 Phone: 516-305-8700
Contact Mr. Tolipano Contact Mr. McConagy Contact Ms. Keegan