Bilingual Programs
Language Instruction for Limited English Proficient and Immigrant Students 

The purposes of this part are – (1) to help ensure that children who are limited English proficient, including immigrant children and youth, attain English proficiency, develop high levels of academic attainment in English, and meet the same challenging State academic content and student academic achievement standards as all children are expected to meet.

Click here to view RRPS Bilingual and ESL Goals.
Bilingual Programs in Rio Rancho Public

Dual Language Program Letter of Interest



English Language Learner (ELL) Identification

Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and subsequent federal and state mandates, all school districts have the responsibility to serve students who are limited English proficient and need English instructional services. As part of our district’s responsibility to locate, identify, and service English Language Learners (ELLs), schools may conduct screenings or ask for related information about students who either already enrolled or will enroll in the school district. For more information view our Home Language Survey Form.
Home Language Survey: surveys are used as an initial screening device to identify language minority students and should only be filled out once in our school district. These surveys assist Instructional Staff in providing the best possible instruction for all students.  Essential questions asked:
  • Which language did your child first learn to speak?
  • Which language does your child use most often at home?
  • Which language(s) do others regularly use when speaking with your child?
Home Language Survey Form   
To view, click on the language of your choice.
Chinese English Navajo Spanish Vietnamese
Frequently Asked Questions:
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WIDA Consortium
New Mexico’s Public Education Department is currently a member of the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment Consortium (WIDA).  The purpose of this non-profit, cooperative group is to establish and promote standards and assessments for English language learners that meet and exceed the goals of No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Through standards, assessments, and professional development, WIDA provides meaningful tools and information to educators working with English Language Learners (ELLs) that are anchored in knowledge about best practices for serving diverse learners. To learn more about WIDA, view the links below:
  Events and Resources  

District Spanish Spelling Bee  
The 2013-14 RRPS District Spanish Spelling Bee is February 27th, 2014 

5:00pm at Eagle Ridge Middle School



Congratulations to RRP Bilingual Teacher, Eileen Layden

Spanish Embassy and DLeNM Announce  

Scholarship Recipient

The Spanish Embassy, in collaboration with DLeNM, is  pleased to announce that Eileen Layden, from Rio Rancho Public Schools, has been selected as the recipient for the 2014 Summer Spain Scholarship. The scholarship includes three weeks of course studies in a Spanish University.


Eileen is has been an educator for 15 years in the state of New Mexico and currently teaches 3rd grade at Puesta del Sol Elementary. "This experience will directly impact the quality of instruction I provide for my school community...I will educate parents and the school community about the benefits of a dual language program and help them to realize the value of learning another language and maintaining their first language." ¡Felicidades Eileen!


Resource Links

Language Magazine | An excellent, on-line magazine language authority full of resources, news, and professional development devoted to keeping language and culture alive.

La Cosecha | parents, educators, researchers, and community leaders come together to share their experiences, network, and enrich their knowledge in supporting dual language enrichment education.

New Mexico Association for Bilingual Education (NMABE)

New Mexico Public Education Department Bilingual and Multicultural Education NCLB Title III

Language translator websites:
Babel Fish



National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) | the only national professional organization devoted to representing Bilingual Learners and Bilingual Education professionals.

Dual Language New Mexico | A non-profit organization dedicated to dual language education programs.


Last Updated: 4/28/15

Mission: Rio Rancho Public Schools is dedicated to graduating each student with an educational foundation for success as a responsible, ethical contributor to society.

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