James Bonham Academy has established an internal charter school serving K-8 students with special emphasis on Languages, Fine Arts, and Environmental Science. Our Two-Way Dual Language Program adds conversational languages for both dual language (third language) and regular education students (Spanish).
Our science instruction has benefited in recent years by the addition of our PTA-sponsored; Outdoor Classroom/Outdoor Education program. Science is an area our teachers, staff and parents wish to strengthen. We plan to continue working with many collaborators, including scientists at Trinity University, UTSA, the Bamberger Ranch Preserve, Slow Foods, and area naturalists/teachers.
Our fine arts/music program is enhanced by our PTA and community sponsored ArtSmart Program offering a visual arts class weekly for our students. In addition, Jumpstart Performance Company offers an extra curricular opportunity for students every week and also works with teachers to integrate art into content area instruction.
Our academy and internal charter extends through eighth grade. Among the key benefits is that Bonham would be able to offer, for the first time in SAISD since it pioneered the Dual Language program in San Antonio back in 1995, a middle school option for Dual Language students coming out of area elementary school programs. A middle school extension of the Dual Language program is essential to the solidification of the second language learning that all Dual Language students have accomplished in their first six years of the program (K-5).