The nerves kicked in when Papá pulled into the parking lot. This school was enormous; would I be able to make any friends? I was ready with new clothes and supplies, but I wasn’t prepared for what followed.
The latest data from the 2015-16 school year compiled by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities show increasing Hispanic student enrollment in school districts nationwide, increases which are dramatically changing higher education demographics and leading to a continued expansion of Hispanic-Serving Institutions in the future.
The Two-Way Dual Language program implemented this year at Irving Elementary School has been a positive experience for their kindergarten and first grade learners, parents said.
This generation of K-12 students is growing up in a society that is increasingly bilingual. While foreign language requirements have long been a core requirement for high school graduation—second language classes at an earlier age would improve overall fluency for most students.
Gathered on the floor of their Washington Elementary School classroom, the third-graders turned to each other to talk about the difference between English and Spanish definitive articles.