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Honoring Home Languages

Honoring Home Languages in Schools Videos

Celebrate home languages with us! The Seattle school district serves 6,948 English language learners who contribute 162 languages to the total of 154 spoken by families across the district.

According to federal data, Seattle’s 98118 zip code is home to speakers of 78 languages, more than any other zip code in the United States.

In the classroom, we recognize a student’s home language as an asset to learning. Parents are encouraged to support their children to read or speak in their home language first in order to build upon the competencies they already possess.

The following video was produced in partnership with Highline Public Schools, the Kent School District and OneAmerica to honor the linguistic diversity of our students and families.

Amharic

Arabic

Chinese

English

Punjabi

Russian

Somali

Spanish

Vietnamese