Richardson ISD’s goal with its dual language program is to teach students to be bilingual and biliterate.
They offer a one-way dual language program, which was just implemented in 2020. The students enrolled in this program speak Spanish at home. The goal of this program is to make them bilingual, biliterate, and bicultural in English and Spanish. With this goal in mind, the classes are instructed in both languages.
In order to be considered for this program, children must be in elementary school grade level Pre-K, K, 1st, or 2nd grade, and their primary language is Spanish. Or they need to be considered ESL learners by a language proficiency test that they took when they were enrolled in the school.
There are more than 10 Richardson ISD campuses that offer this program.
They will be offering a two-way dual language immersion program in the 2023-2024 school year. This program will be composed of both native Spanish speakers and native English speakers with class instruction in Spanish and English.
This is why it is considered an immersion program: because all classes are taken in both languages, it’s not about one language class. Also, students will be able to interact with classmates that have another language as their first language.
Students that have English as their first language will take literacy classes in Spanish in the early grade levels.
When considering entering your child into the dual language program, take into consideration that this program requires commitment for a minimum of two years.
In order to be considered for this program, your kids must begin as kindergartners. Students whose first language is Spanish, students considered English Learners, and students whose first language is English are also eligible. Students that live nearer to the two-way dual language campuses will be given priority in the acceptance process.
The one-way program just started in 2020, and the two-way program will start in 2023. They are gradually implementing rollout of the program into additional grades as the program progresses.
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