Houston ISD Dual Language program promotes additive bilingualism. This means that in their classes they don’t want the student to forget their first language. They want them to learn another one, while still improving in their mother tongue. They describe their program as “an additive bilingual program for Spanish-speaking students and a foreign language immersion program for English-speaking students.”
They have Two-Way classrooms, which means that both native Spanish speakers and native English speakers take classes together. This way they all will become fluent in both languages. Once they arrive at the secondary level, the students start taking from two to three classes in Spanish.
On some campuses, the teaching time in Spanish for the Dual Language program is up to 80%. Some others have a 50-50 model, in which they teach English and Spanish for an equal amount of time. You can check the language models on each campus.
The Dual Language program goes from kindergarten to fifth grade. Depending on the school, they might offer the program for Pre-K students.
They also offer Immersion Dual Language programs for Mandarin, Chinese, French and Arabic languages.
If you want to enroll your children in Houston ISD, you can choose to enroll them in your zoned school or apply to a certain campus that has the program of your preference. You can look for Houston ISD’s schools with this school search tool. And you can check more information and apply.