Coming to Uplift Education in 2024-2025!
In the fall of 2024, Uplift Education is excited to start offering a one-way and two-way, Dual Language Immersion program (Spanish and English) at select Primary Schools in Prekindergarten and Kindergarten. A one-way program consists of scholars who are fluent in the partner language (Spanish) and qualify for language services. A two way program consists of 50% scholars who are fluent in the partner language (Spanish) and 50% English speaking peers.
Following the 2024-2025 school year, the program will grow by one grade level. Over time (five to seven years of continuous enrollment in the dual language program), learners will attain full proficiency in Spanish as well as English.
For the 24-25 school year, we are targeting Dual Language Immersion one-way to be offered, as space allows, at
For the 24-25 school year, we are targeting Dual Language Immersion two-way to be offered, as space allows, at
Although these are the host sites, the program is not limited to scholars enrolled at that school. All Uplift Prekindergarten and Kindergarten scholars are eligible to enroll in the program. Enrolling your child in Dual Language Immersion is a choice. We will continue to offer English-only and English as a Second Language instruction at each of these 5 Uplift schools. If you choose not to enroll your child in the Dual Language Immersion program, they will continue to receive an excellent education at Uplift.
Parent Information Meetings
Parents/Guardians we’re excited to invite you to our upcoming Dual Language Programming information sessions! These sessions are designed to provide valuable insights into the commitment and benefits of participating in our Dual Language Program. Attending an information session is crucial for gaining a comprehensive understanding of what the program entails, its impact on your child’s education, and the commitment involved. Our team will be there to address any questions you may have, discuss the unique advantages of a dual language education, and provide a clear picture of the journey ahead. Your attendance at these sessions not only ensures that you are well-informed but also plays a significant role in fostering a collaborative partnership between home and school.
We believe that together, we can create an enriching environment for your child’s linguistic and academic growth. Please join us at one of our upcoming sessions to learn more about the exciting world of Dual Language Programming. Your participation is integral to making this educational journey a success for your child. We look forward to welcoming you and sharing the enriching possibilities that Dual Language Programming offers.
- March 27, 2024 // 10 a.m. – English Spanish (Meeting via Teams Live Link coming soon)
- March 27, 2024 // 5 p.m. – English Spanish (Meeting via Teams Live Link coming soon)
- May 22, 2024 // 10 a.m. – English Spanish (Meeting via Teams Live Link coming soon)
- May 22, 2024 // 5 p.m. – English Spanish (Meeting via Teams Live Link coming soon)
- July 24, 2024 // 10 a.m. – English Spanish (Meeting via Teams Live Link coming soon)
- July 24, 2024 // 5 p.m. – English Spanish (Meeting via Teams Live Link coming soon)
The goal of Uplift's dual language immersion program is for scholars to attain full proficiency in Spanish as well as English. This program provides ongoing instruction in literacy and academic content in English and Spanish.
The most current research shows that Dual Language Immersion programs are effective at narrowing the academic achievement gap between emergent bilingual students and non-emergent bilingual students (TX EDLIF). National research indicates that five years of enrollment in a dual language instructional model provides the child with an additional seven months of learning in Language Acquisition as opposed to a monolingual instructional model (Steel, et al). That means that this program is highly beneficial to both English speakers that want to learn a second language AND Spanish speakers that may be English learners.
Our partners at Ensemble Learning highlight six additional benefits: Benefits_of_Dual_Language_Programs.
There are multiple models for offering dual language, but a one way and two-way Dual Language Immersion program means that your child will receive instruction in Spanish and in English every school year through 5th grade. The exact percentage of time will adjust over the course of a scholar’s education. For example, in Pre-K, up to 90% of instruction may take place in Spanish. As a scholar advances into upper primary, the percentage of time will eventually shift to 50-50, to account for the more advanced coursework, and to prepare scholars for Middle School where instruction for all subjects will be in English.
This is a very common question. Many parents are initially fearful that immersion may have a negative impact on their child’s English language development. You may be surprised to learn that the opposite is true. Research consistently finds that the immersion experience enhances English language development (Cloud, Genesee, & Hamayan, 2000). Research shows that students who achieve advanced levels of proficiency in two languages often demonstrate higher academic, cognitive, social, and economic outcomes than monolingual students.
English learners will continue to receive English literacy instruction from certified bilingual teachers. Teachers and scholars will continue to follow mandatory Texas standards and curriculum, and they will be held to the same standards of rigor and performance on the state assessments. The staff will continue to execute Uplift’s mission and vision of excellence, socioemotional learning, and global-mindedness. The only difference is the language of instruction.
There is no previous ability required to speak Spanish to enter the Dual Language Immersion program. We encourage families that speak English or other languages at home to consider Dual Language Immersion as an option for their scholars. Dual Language teachers receive special training to make information meaningful through instructional strategies such as visuals aids, gestures, and hands-on activities.
Moreover, a lot of developmental research demonstrates that children’s brains are BEST primed to absorb a new language at a young age. That is one of the reasons we are introducing this program at Prekindergarten and Kindergarten levels.
As you can imagine, it takes a high level of skill and training to teach in a dual language program. Teachers must have a bilingual certification and proficiency in two languages. For our first year, we are focusing on campuses in communities that have already expressed interest and enthusiasm for this type of program. As our program grows, we will continuously evaluate the needs and interests of Uplift families to determine future sites.
In the meantime, we have been intentional about selecting sites at all major geographic regions within Uplift, so all Uplift families would have the ability to access a dual language school if desired. If your current Uplift school will not offer Dual Language Immersion next year, you may request a transfer to the nearest Dual Language Uplift school.
It takes approximately 5-7 years to gain language proficiency in a second language. To ensure coherence of learning, it is important to start with a strong foundation and build year-over-year. For these reasons we made the decision to start Dual Language Immersion with PreKindergarten and Kindergarten, growing one grade level each consecutive year. As our program grows, we will continuously evaluate the needs and interests of our Uplift families. It is important to know that the Texas Education Agency only allows Dual Language Immersion in primary schools; once your scholar reaches sixth grade, all instruction will be in English.
You should complete the online application and enrollment process at Uplift Education as usual (If you are seeking to transfer to a dual language immersion school, please select one of the 5 campuses: Uplift Grand, Uplift Meridian, Uplift Triumph, Uplift White Rock Hills, and Uplift Wisdom). Seats will be limited for the dual language immersion program at these sites.
Once you are accepted to enroll/re-enroll at the Uplift school, you will have the option to indicate preference for dual language in your enrollment paperwork. As a reminder, the application deadline for the 2024-2025 school year is February 1, 2024.