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Welcome to the Multilingual Department

The Multilingual Department exists to ensure that all students in Minneapolis Public Schools have opportunities to develop language competency through multiple strands of programming.

Our programs are designed for students in Minneapolis Public Schools to gain cross-cultural competency and achieve full bilingualism and biliteracy to succeed in a globally interdependent world. The cultural and linguistic diversity of the students we serve is our greatest strength. Students and families speak over 100 languages in MPS! We strive to create quality learning environments that respect, reflect, and accommodate this diversity.

English Language Development programs promote academic achievement of multilingual students who qualify for English Language Development services through research-based instructional strategies, language-rich learning environments, and affirmation of student, family, and community assets. 

Spanish Dual Language programs and Hmong Dual Language Programs are designed to support students in emerging fully bilingual and biliterate in both English and their home language.

The Minnesota/Multilingual Bilingual Seals program recognizes students who demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English. These awards recognize the assets of bilingualism and offer bilingual students an opportunity to earn college credit from MN State Colleges and Universities. 

Our Vision: Every English Learner bilingual and biliterate, college and career ready

Our Core Values: Our work is guided by the following values:

  • Bilingualism is an asset
  • All teachers are teachers of English Learners
  • All MPS staff are responsible for the success of English Learners
  • Every parent is a partner

Contact Us

Multilingual Department
1250 West Broadway Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55411


All Out of District Student Data Requests pertaining to EL programming, email:

Connecting Parents to Educational Opportunities (CPEO)

District Parent Advisory Council

Early Childhood Education Department

Family Resource Center

Special Education Department