Hear what our community says about our program! 


  “When I heard Bishop Heelan was starting a Dual Language Academy I was beyond excited! As a 1st generation Mexican American it is very important that my children be bilingual. Even better to received a faith based education in Spanish. My daughter is reading in both English and Spanish which is so exciting. My daughter loves the program I couldn’t be happier with the program and its amazing teachers.” 
 Araceli Vargas

Our family loves the Dual Language Academy! When we heard about this program, we immediately jumped at the opportunity for our five year old, Mazzy! The teachers, Mrs. Carreño and Mrs. Scott, have been fantastic. Their communication is always open and understanding. They find creative and unique ways of making learning fun and intriguing. Mazzy’s progress has been enjoyable to watch. She is learning quickly, retaining the information and comprehending when Mrs. Carreño speaks Spanish ninety percent of the time. Her kindergarten experience has been wonderful; she looks forward to school and learning Spanish! Our family of five is learning right along with her!  The Dual Language Academy is more than just a second language school; it is learning an entirely new culture and a sense of community.  Our family is grateful to be a part of the DLA.

With Joy,  The Koenigs family 

"The Dual Language Academy has been amazing for our son. We enrolled him in the academy because my husband’s first language is Spanish and we would love our kids to be bilingual. We were so excited to see this program come to Sioux City. Mateo has loved every minute of school and the teachers there are fabulous." 

Casandra Mijangos 

Student reflections on advantages of being bilingual


Father Shane Deman speaks to his experience of being bilingual

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