"To achieve academic excellence and international competence
through language immersion."
To accomplish that mission, DLS will educate an economically and racially diverse student population through a structured and supportive environment. Families entering DLS will choose either Mandarin or Spanish as a target language. DLS will follow a total language
immersion process: offering traditional learning activities in core subjects in the target language, making the target language both the medium of instruction and the object of
Research shows that young children immersed in a second language acquire reading,writing and speaking proficiency as if it were their native tongue. With their brains still
developing, younger children are more able to think in the second language, rather than just through translation. Moreover, brain development is enhanced because students in an immersion program utilize greater mental capacities when learning subject content in a new language, when that new language is not the commonly spoken language of the local environment.
A primary goal of DLS is to create an intentional school culture organized around the
principles of a Professional Learning Community: mission, vision, values and goals.
The Denver Language School culture is based on three guiding principles and five core values.