Dual Language Program Overview
Deer Park ISD is proud to offer a dual language program, also referred to as a two-way immersion program. This program provides special language instruction that will prepare students to become bilingual and biliterate and promotes high academic achievement in two languages. Dual Language education integrates native English speaking and native Spanish speaking students in the same classroom. Students develop oral and cognitive academic language in both English and Spanish while mastering grade level knowledge and skills in all elementary content areas. Our 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. The program is designed to teach children a second language in a natural way through subject content instruction and everyday classroom conversation.
Program Implementation:The Dual Language program was first implemented in the 2008-2009 school year at Carpenter Elementary in two Kindergarten classrooms. Each subsequent school year two classes were added to the programuntil we reached the goal of two classes in each grade level from K-5. In the 2012-2013 school year the Dual Language program was relocated to San Jacinto Elementary.In 2013-14, an additional Dual Language program was added at Parkwood Elementary.
School Year: Grade Level Implementation of the Program: 2008-2009 Kindergarten 2009-2010 Kindergarten, 1st Grade 2010-2011 Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade 2011-2012 Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade 2012-2013 Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade 2013-2014 Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade
Commitment to the Program:
Participation in the dual language program requires parents to commit student participation through the fifth grade in order to develop bilingualism. Parents must also commit to attending regularly scheduled parent education workshops on dual language programs, encouraging your children's appreciation for language and literacy development in two languages. Parents will need to ensure that their child does not have excessive absences, behavior referrals or unsatisfactory grades.
Student Selection Process:
- Parents may attend a Dual Language Information Meeting offered each Spring
- Complete and return application by deadline
- Students are tested in both languages to meet entrance criteria
- Selection process is finalized
- Lottery is held, if needed
Click here for more information regarding the parent meeting date and application deadline.Click here to read a dual language information brochure.
For more information:Contact Patricia De La Cruz Valenzuela, Director of Bilingual and ESL Programs: 832-668-7129 or via email: email@example.com.