Two-Way Dual Language (English)
College Independent School District's Bilingual Education Program begins with bilingual classes in Head Start and PK. For students in grades K-6, CSISD implements a two-way dual language program model. The program integrates native English speakers with native Spanish speakers and provides instruction through both languages to both groups of students.
The goals of the two-way program are to produce learners who are bilingual, with literacy in both languages, and who understand and feel at ease in different cultural settings. It is a partial immersion program for English speakers, as well as a bilingual program for Spanish speakers.
Important Dates: Dual Language Parent Informational Meetings (All Meetings 6:30 p.m.)
Monday, March 6, 2017 - Southwood Valley Elementary
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - South Knoll Elementary
Thursday, March 9, 2017 - College Hills Elementary
The two-way dual language program offers native Spanish speaking students and native English speaking students the exciting opportunity to become bilingual in English and in Spanish.
In this program, students will develop oral and cognitive academic language proficiency in English and in Spanish while mastering grade level knowledge in skills in the content areas.
The program is based on a 50/50 model, in which 50% of the instruction is delivered in English and the other 50% is delivered in Spanish.
This program is designed to teach children a second language in a natural way, through content instruction and everyday conversation.
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The program is located at the following campuses.
K-4th Dual Language:
South Knoll Elementary School,
College Hills Elementary School
Southwood Valley Elementary School
5th and 6th Dual Language:
Oakwood Intermediate School.
English speaking students are accepted into the program through an application process which takes place during the spring semester before they enter kindergarten. Spanish speaking students, who qualify for bilingual education, are automatically accepted into the program at any time.
English speaking student selection:
1. Interested parents must attend a Parent Informational Meeting
2. Complete and return application by deadline.
3. Students are orally tested in English and Spanish.