PreK - 5th grade
Bilingual education is a full-time instructional program that utilizes the student’s native Spanish language as a foundation for teaching the academic content outlined in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Student eligibility for the program is determined through the administration of Spanish and English language proficiency tests, and parent permission is required for entrance into the program. Bilingual education affords students of limited English proficiency an equal opportunity to master grade level TEKS using their native Spanish language while attaining proficiency in English. The amount of English used increases as the student acquires academic English proficiency, and the content area instruction is reinforced with the English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS). District guidelines are implemented to ensure that the program is developmentally appropriate, that the amount of instruction in each language is appropriate, and that the students are challenged to perform at a level commensurate with their linguistic proficiency and academic potential. Frisco ISD's one-way dual language program only serves students of limited English proficiency as opposed to a two-way program which would serve both fluent Spanish speaking students as well as fluent English speaking students.
Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, prekindergarten, kindergarten, and first grade bilingual students at the Early Childhood School and Christie Elementary participated in the implementation of a one-way dual language program model. The implementation of this new program model follows:
One-way dual language is an additive program model that focuses on challenging, interactive, and authentic instruction. Research has proven that there is stronger long-term secondary educational achievement with this model. Dual language education has three goals:
High linguistic proficiency in two languages
High academic proficiency in two languages
Positive cross-cultural attitudes promoting bilingualism