Oyster-Adams Bilingual School teaches students in grades PK-8 through a school-wide dual language model, providing classes in all subjects (as well as student activities, interventions, and parent engagement) through a mix of English and Spanish. Additionally, students have the opportunity to learn Mandarin beginning in 4th grade. A key element of the school’s success is the strong commitment of all educators to the school’s mission. As school leader Mayra Cruz puts it, “everyone who works at Oyster believes deeply in the dual language model, and regardless of what they teach, they know that they are language teachers”. In this video profile, educators and students explain how dual-language education at Oyster-Adams works, and why they love it so much.
Read the accompanying video Reflection Guide to help prompt further ideas for your school or district context.
Read Oyster-Adams Bilingual School’s 2020 National Blue Ribbon School application.
Oyster-Adams Bilingual School
Mrs. Mayra Cruz, Principal at time of Nomination
2801 Calvert Street, NW
Washington, DC, 20008-2666
|Student Demographics 2020|
|Number of students grades Pre-K-8||735|
|Students eligible for subsidized meals||19%|
|Students receiving special ed services||10%|
|African American students||4%|
|Hispanic or Latino students||56%|
|Two or More Races||5%|
|Student mobility rate||6%|