Dual Language Program

Irving Elementary School first implemented the Dual Language Program in the fall of 2005. We began with one section each of Spanish and English, 2 teachers, and approximately 35 students. As of 2015, our program has grown to 22 classrooms and over 600 students K – 9. This fall, our program expanded to included the 9th grade at North High School.

Students at Irving Elementary spend half of their day in the Spanish room, and half of their day in the English room. They follow the same standards and objectives as the rest of the district, but the language of instruction changes.Each quarter of the school year, they will rotate in which language they are receiving their content area instruction.

Students begin their reading instruction in both languages each day starting in Kindergarten, and continue this structure throughout the program.

At North Middle School, Dual Language students are enrolled in a Spanish Language Arts class, as well as a Social Studies Class conducted in Spanish.
At North High School, Dual Language students are enrolled in a Spanish Language Arts class, as well as Success Strategies instructed in Spanish.

Vision

The Dual Language Program’s vision is to EMPOWER life-long bilingual, biliterate, and multicultural leaders and learners. Within a bilingual classroom environment, students will ACHIEVE success through an effective academic approach. This will allow them to compete and SUCCEED in our global society, with enhanced career and life opportunities.

Mission

The mission of the dual language program is to provide learners and leaders with authentic instruction in order to become bilingual and biliterate in English and Spanish. Academic achievement will increase across grade levels to meet or exceed state standards in all content areas. Authentic materials will support instruction, providing a balanced literacy approach in all four language domains in both Spanish and English. The program emphasizes multiculturalism and embraces the diversity of all learners during personalized instruction in two languages.