About the Dual Language Program
PSJA’s Dual Language Enrichment Program is an academic experience designed for students to develop stronger cognitive and academic skills through the development of on-level bilingualism and biliteracy.
Through a rigorous curriculum, students who participate in the program are academically instructed in English and Spanish, from Pre-Kinder to 12th grade. As a result, students have the opportunity to master both languages and enhance their education by developing the ability to fluently speak, read, write, and think critically in English and Spanish, which allows them to compete successfully in a global economy.
Why should my child participate?
Research has shown that students who receive Dual Language instruction can gain positive cognitive effects.
When students develop literacy in two languages, their brain develops differently, in a positive way. Students who can fluently speak, read and write in two languages display greater mental flexibility and a greater ability to think abstractly and form concepts.
Dual Language students also stand out academically to universities across the nation. Showing proficiency in two languages at a high academic level is an attractive characteristic for college admissions. Since Spanish is the second most spoken language in the U.S. and third in the world, having on-level proficiency in Spanish also increases our student’s workforce value and marketability.
PSJA Dual Language graduates receive an additional seal on their diploma. They have the PSJA Seal of Biliteracy that officially certifies that the student is bilingual and bi-literate. Only one other school district in Texas offers a Biliteracy Seal to their students. Employers and education institutions recognize and validate PSJA’s Biliteracy Seal.
Is Dual Language the same as bilingual?
No. Dual Language Education is not the same. Bilingual Education is a remedial program exclusively for students whose first language is not English. The goal is just English language development and not biliteracy.
Dual Language Education is an enrichment program geared towards all students (both native English Speakers and native Spanish Speakers) that considers both languages equally valuable and important to develop academically.
PSJA’s Dual Language Enrichment Program expects students to maintain higher levels of academic achievement and behavior. At the middle school and high school level, students are expected to participate successfully in college-level courses delivered in Spanish.