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 adopted the One-Way Dual Language program Pre-Kindergarten to Fifth Grade. 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. The One-Way Dual Language program model seeks to develop literacy in English and another language, in this case Spanish. Students study academic subjects in both languages, they develop biliteracy in Spanish and the partner language, as well as an appreciation for Multiculturalism. This model ensures that students have access to viable and guaranteed grade level curriculum, special program choice, and the opportunity to ensure students’ background is validated and taken into consideration when planning for instruction.
Careful consideration was taken to our changing and varied Emergent Bilingual (EB) population which consists of simultaneous bilingual learners, sequential bilingual learners, and heritage speaker. 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
Students leaving our Bilingual Program will listen, speak, read, write, and understand in an academic and social setting in both languages, English and Spanish.