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New Dual Language Academy coming for San Antonio students

Release: Nov. 13, 2017


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What:         New Dual Language offering coming for San Antonio students.  
                  Community information session on the future Irving Dual Language Academy.

Who:          -   Pedro Martinez, SAISD Superintendent

-   Olivia Hernández, SAISD assistant superintendent for Bilingual/ESL & 
                      Migrant  Department

-   Olivia Almanza-Peña, Irving principal

-   Keynote speaker Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch, renowned author and speaker on
the importance of reflecting on one’s traditions and values

-   Entertainment provided by Bonham Academy folklórico and Brackenridge mariachi

When:        Nov. 15 (Wed) – 6 p.m.

Where:       Irving Middle School, 1300 Delgado St., 78207

The Irving Dual Language Academy will open August 2018 for grades PK-1st, increasing to 8th grade by adding one grade each subsequent year. The school will be open to students across Bexar County.

SAISD developed the school’s program with the help of local and national experts in the field of dual-language education. This will be the District’s second campuswide dual-language school – Twain Dual Language Academy opened August 2017.

The information session will introduce parents and community members to the benefits of a Spanish-English, dual-language education. Parents of students currently participating in the District’s other dual-language programs will be in the audience and available to answer questions about the cognitive advantages they see their children gaining by learning to read and write at grade level in two languages.

SAISD is accepting applications Nov. 27-Jan. 31 for students entering pre-kinder, kinder and 1st grade for the 2018-19 school year.

The keynote speaker, Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch, is a retired Lieutenant Colonel of the U.S. Army and founder and president of Educational Achievement Services. She is a renowned author and speaker on the importance of reflecting on one’s traditions and values and their importance in our development and growth today.

Entertaining guests will be the Bonham Academy folklórico dancers and Brackenridge mariachi. Refreshments will be served. Door prizes, free books and child care will be provided.

In preparation for the new academy, Irving is phasing out its middle school, with the remaining students graduating from the 8th grade at the end of the 2018-19 school year.