Supporting educators, students, and families across Florida's bilingual education programs. 

About Florida's Bilingual Education

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Across the Florida Landscape

There are more than 100 bilingual education programs across the state of Florida, including public and charter schools. This includes 12 of Florida's 67 school districts. 


Bilingual education are programs in which two (or more) languages are used to learn academic content, such as science, mathematics, and social studies.


Florida offers a Seal of Biliteracy on the diplomas of bilingual students who demonstrate proficiency in two languages in high school. 

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Bilingual Education

Research show that students attain high levels of academic achievement when two or more languages are used for instruction.


Bilingual education aims for equitable education by supporting ongoing development of students' first language and literacy. 


Highly skilled educators, including teachers, leaders, coaches, and paraprofessionals, collaborate to support high levels of bilingualism and biliteracy for students across the state of Florida.

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The First Dual Language Two Way Immersion School in the United States

Florida is home to the first dual language, two way immersion bilingual education program in the US.


Coral Way Elementary opened its doors on September 3, 1963, providing academic instruction in Spanish and English to Spanish-dominant and English-dominant students. 


Coral Way, now a K-8 center, has consistently been an "A" rated school. Students leave Coral Way fully bilingual and biliterate. 

Our State Network

FABE is an active network of teachers, scholars, families, and educators who work in and for bilingual education.


See also our State Supervisors, Florida Association of Bilingual/ESOL Supervisors

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Florida Association for Bilingual Education

PO Box 141203, Gainesville, FL, 32614

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