The Catholic Diocese of Arlington will host its first bilingual educational program at St. Ambrose Catholic School in Annandale

ARLINGTON, Virginia. – The Catholic Diocese of Arlington will offer its first-ever bilingual education initiative in a diocesan school when St. Ambrose Catholic School launches a program for kindergarten children in the upcoming school year. In the years to come, when these children have completed eighth grade, every student in Annandale Parish Primary School will be taught in English and Spanish.

The Office of Catholic Schools joined Pastor St. Ambrose, Father Andrew Fisher and Principal Maria Tejada to unveil St. Ambrose’s Dual Language Program (DLP) in conjunction with the Boston Two-Way Immersion Network Middle School. The St. Ambrose program will provide literacy and content classes in English and Spanish to all kindergarten students starting this fall. The DLP will expand each year at the higher level until each level offers instruction in English and Spanish.

Bilingual or language immersion programs are a popular option for parents and students attending public school. Several local public school systems offer bilingual programs to students selected by lottery.

“We are delighted with the support of Father Fisher and Bishop (Michael F.) Burbidge in this endeavor, and we are honored that St. Ambrose School is the first school in the diocese to implement this bilingual program,” said Ms. Tejada. “We are also excited about our plans to one day offer a bilingual experience to every student enrolled in our school.”

“We are grateful for the leadership Mrs. Tejada has provided to our school through this initiative. We are a global church and Northern Virginia is a global community,” Father Fisher said. along with the teaching of English, we believe that students at St. Ambrose will be prepared to better interact with more of our community. »

St. Ambrose will teach math and science in Spanish and social studies and religion in English. Language arts will be taught in English and Spanish. All special courses (technology, library, physical education, art and music) will also be taught in English.

“Our schools provide students with an excellent education rooted in faith. This new two-way immersion program further enriches that experience for students at St. Ambrose,” said Dr. Joseph Vorbach III, Superintendent of Schools. “Their spiritual and academic formation will occur in an environment in which they will also develop bilingual, biliterate, and cultural awareness skills to help them communicate more effectively in an increasingly globalized world.”

St. Ambrose is a diocesan parochial school serving students from kindergarten through eighth grade. The school is accredited by the Virginia Catholic Education Association, with the approval of the State Board of Education, Commonwealth of Virginia. St. Ambrose School provides its students with a solid foundation in the Catholic faith, a challenging academic program, and a nurturing environment. The school was named a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the US Department of Education.

St. Ambrose is located a short distance west of the Capital Beltway in Annandale, near Inova Fairfax Hospital and the Annandale campus of Northern Virginia Community College. For more information about St. Ambrose Catholic School, please visit the website at For more information on Catholic schools in the Diocese of Arlington, visit

Interested media should contact Diana Sims Snider, assistant director of communications, Catholic Diocese of Arlington, at 703-841-2587 or


The Catholic Diocese of Arlington was established on August 13, 1974 and is home to 70 parishes and over 460,000 Catholics. There are currently 276 priests in service in the diocese and 49 seminarians discerning a priestly vocation. The diocese has 37 parochial schools (K-8), one virtual school, four diocesan high schools, five independent Catholic schools, and three autonomous preschools (not attached to a parochial school), serving more than 16,800 students.

Geographically, the diocese includes the seven cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Fredericksburg, Manassas, Manassas Park and Winchester and the 21 counties of Arlington, Clarke, Culpeper, Fairfax, Fauquier, Frederick, King George, Lancaster, Loudoun, Madison, Northumberland, Orange, Page, Prince William, Rappahannock, Richmond, Shenandoah, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Warren and Westmoreland.

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