Public School 24 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, is one of about 90 dual-language programs in the city. Ninety-one percent of its students are Latino and 45 percent of the student body are designated English Language Learners.
The school principal, Christina Fuentes, says the curriculum makes the students fluent in both languages, even though they struggle on citywide tests.
Ramaa Reddy Raghavan is a Feet in Two Worlds education reporting fellow. Her work, and the work of other Fi2W fellows, is supported by the New York Community Trust and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, with additional support from the Mertz Gilmore Foundation and WNYC, New York Public Radio.