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Office of Language and Cultural Education (OLCE)

The Office of Language and Cultural Education (OLCE) exists to guide CPS in providing a high-quality education for all language learners that is attentive to a culturally and linguistically diverse community of students, families, and educators.

Office of Language and Cultural Education


773-553-1931 (Fax)

42 W. Madison St.
Chicago, IL 60602

OLCE aims to achieve its mission through strategic planning, collaborative partnerships, professional development, and the production of tools and resources to improve instruction.

Responsible for:

  • Providing native language instruction
  • Developing English language skills
  • Promoting world language instruction that is high-quality, research-based, and reflective of student cultures
  • Overseeing the mandates around bilingual education
  • Offering programs that provide a route for students to achieve the State Seal of Biliteracy
  • Supporting schools implementing Dual Language Programs


Language Education

Community Outreach

Additional Contact

  • Foreign Student Services

    Beata E. Arceo



    Chicago Public Schools
    42 W. Madison St.
    Garden Level
    Chicago, IL 60602