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Foreign Language in Elementary Schools (FLES) 


Click here to see the FLES implementation plan.

Click here to see a VIDEO of the FLES program.

1.     Enhance brain development

2.     Increase creativity and problem solving skills

3.     Improve memory

4.     Increase awareness and appreciation of other cultures

5.     Initiatie a lifelong ability to communicate in a global sociatey

6.     Cultivate a desire to continue the study of a second language, and possibly other languages

7.     Enhance development of reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in both English and Spanish

8.     Support other academic content areas

9.     Build language proficiency with each new year of study

10. Further achievement toward state and national language standards

The Dobbs Ferry Schools Foundation granted $200,000 over four years to the District, so that the foreign language program in Springhurst could be enhanced.

The Foundation believes in the benefits of a FLES (Foreign Language in Elementary School) program, including improved competence and confidence in another language and a greater knowledge, understanding and respect for other cultures that stems from this competence. Our support for this program is in keeping with the strategic goals defined by the administration and our desire to work in concert with the District to continuously enhance the opportunities given to Dobbs Ferry students

To show your support for this initiative, please consider making a contribution to the Foreign Language Initiative (FLES) at Springhurst Elementary School.  Please click on  "donate" below to donate online via credit card with PayPal‚Äôs secure server.  Thank you!

If you have any questions regarding the FLES program, please contact Carolyn Bloom at or Louise Pegg at

The Dobbs Ferry Schools Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation registered with the Charities Bureau of the NY State Attorney General's office. All contributions to the Foundation are deductible for New York State tax purposes, and will be deductible for Federal tax purposes pending a final determination by the Internal Revenue Service of the Foundation's tax-exempt status. The Foundation's Form 1023 is available upon request.

Dobbs Ferry Schools Foundation
Enriching Public Education Since 1994