The goal of the program is to develop full biliteracy and bilingualism while fostering cross- cultural awareness. It is designed to develop proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing in both English and Spanish.
Students receive instruction in both languages beginning with a kindergarten cohort through sixth grade. English speakers and English language learners are integrated for academic instruction in accordance with the program design and model selected by the school district’s board of trustees. Fifty percent of the students in this program are dominant English speakers and fifty percent of the students are native Spanish speakers.
Parents of incoming kindergarten students are eligible to apply for admission into the two-way dual language program beginning in the spring of the prior school year. Students must be zoned to BISD. The application/admission process includes:
1. Attend 1 of 3 orientation meetings
2. Completed application
3. Completion of student’s oral language proficiency test
4. Completed 10 minute observation of a kindergarten two-way dual language class
An overall score will be given to each student and those with the highest ranking will be invited to participate in the program.